April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This national campaign, presented in tandem by several safety organizations, was designed to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, while simultaneously working to eliminate preventable deaths.
The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
At Hays, we are committed to the safety of our employees and clients on our roadways. As such, we will be publishing a series of articles throughout the month of April focused on distracted driving and what you can do to end this epidemic.
This issue has remained close to our hearts as our very own Tom Goeltz (Vice President of Risk Management Services) has a personal connection with losing a family member due to an alleged distracted driver. To learn more about Tom’s story, watch this video.
Tom is also a legislative advocate for safe driving and was recently asked to testify on behalf of Minnesota’s HF 104 Bill in front of the House Transportation Committee meeting. The bill adds stiffer penalties for drivers caught using their cell phones on Minnesota roads. From there, it was approved by voice vote and sent on to the Ways and Means committee (learn more about the bill, here). A companion bill is currently making its way through the Minnesota State Senate.
Remember: No matter what the distraction may be, it’s never worth a life. It can wait.
Looking for more resources on Distracted Driving?
- National Safety Council’s Safe Driving Kit with infographics, myth busters, videos, and more
- Learn about cell phone blocking technology and tips to reduce distracted driving
- Ask Hays about cell phone slips to block cell signals while driving
- View a video series about workplace cell phone policies and related topics
- Consider hosting Tom Goeltz for a personalized presentation on workplace safety
- Use #DistractedDrivingAwarenessMonth on social media to help bring awareness to this issue
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Distracted Driving Resources
- National Transportation Safety Board – Eliminate Distractions Campaign