|National Safety Council Targets Distracted Drivers|
|Written by Janna Smeltzer|
|Tuesday, 02 June 2009 00:00|
June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council is encouraging all drivers to hang up their cell phones while driving this summer to help prevent distracted driving deaths like that of Jennifer Smith’s mother, who might be alive today if the man who killed her had concentrated on driving instead of talking on his cell phone while behind the wheel.
Distracted, the driver ran a red light and smashed into the car that Smith’s mother was driving, causing blunt-force trauma to her head, neck and chest. According to NSC, 636,000 traffic crashes occur each year as a result of talking on a cell phone or in some way driving distracted. These crashes result in 2,600 fatalities and 330,000 injuries. And many of these distracted drivers are teenagers.
According to a 2002 National Research Council report, this age group makes up on average 55 percent of national highway fatalities each year despite only driving about 16 percent of the total miles traveled. More than two and half times more fatalities occurred in passenger vehicles driven by teens than by adult drivers during normal morning and afternoon school commute hours. Meanwhile, during that same period of 1991-1999, five school bus passengers were killed.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:37|