Cell phone use

Sep
19
2013

Take the pledge and drive text free

By DriveitHOME

We all know text messaging is teens’ preferred method of communication, but texting is one of the most dangerous things drivers can do. Reading or sending text messages – or emails – while driving can increase crash risk by at least 8 percent. NSC actually estimates 100,000 crashes each year involve drivers who were texting. Teens already have high crash risk – three times that of more experienced drivers – so teen drivers really need to heed the statistics and put their cell phones away.

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Aug
30
2013

Buckle up, save a life this weekend

By DriveitHOME

The National Safety Council estimates 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries may occur during the Labor Day weekend due to car crashes. NSC also estimates 143 lives could be saved this Labor Day holiday by buckling up. An additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.

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Jul
3
2013

Tips to stay safe this Fourth of July

By DriveitHOME

This week, thousands of teens and adults will flock to beaches, picnics, barbecues and other social events to celebrate the Fourth of July. However, the beloved holiday isn’t so carefree. Between 6 p.m. July 3 and 11:59 p.m. July 7, the National Safety Council estimates there will be 540 traffic fatalities and another 54,800 medically-consulted injuries due to car crashes.

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Jun
17
2013

Be the key and drive phone free

By DriveitHOME

On Thursday, June 20, with the summer season in full swing, please join NSC and Be Smart. Be Well.® for Safe Teen Driving Day on Facebook to hear from teens and leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council about safe teen driving.

Learn how you can be the key to getting teens to drive phone free, and staying safe on the roads this summer.

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May
23
2013

A lesson for your teen drivers from Drive it Home

By DriveitHOME

If you haven’t visited driveithome.org, you are missing out on helpful tips, thought-provoking content, humorous videos and everything else you need to coach your teen driver. Here is just one example of the kind of information you’ll receive by signing up for driving tips from driveithome.org:

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May
17
2013

Crashes involving cell phone use: How big is the problem?

By DriveitHOME

We know that cell phone-related car crash deaths are a problem. We just don’t know how big the problem is. NSC partnered with Nationwide Insurance to produce a white paper and the graphic below, which shows how the number of fatal car crashes due to cell phone use may be drastically under-reported. The reasons for the data gap include reluctance of drivers to admit cell phone use and the absence of breathalyzer-like tests for cell phone use behind the wheel.

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May
14
2013

The myth of multitasking

By DriveitHOME

Distracted driving certainly includes texting, but what many people don’t realize is that a cell phone conversation while driving, regardless of hands-free technology, also is very dangerous. The National Safety Council shares the following infographic with everyone to educate the public about the myth of multitasking and help prevent the dangers that can occur due to the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Take a look:

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Apr
30
2013

Perspective videos – Making cities safer

By DriveitHOME

In this video, Evanston (Ill.) Alderman Jane Grover talks about passing a handheld ban on cell phone use and the challenges of passing a total ban. Alderman Grover knows hands-free bans are enforceable and wants her city to be the first in the nation to take this important step.

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Apr
25
2013

Perspectives on cell phone distracted driving: Enforcement is possible

By DriveitHOME

Think cell phone distracted driving laws aren’t enforceable? Think again. In this video, watch two law enforcement officers explain how they approach the cell phone distracted driving epidemic and why they believe total cell phone bans – handheld and hands-free – can be enforced.

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Apr
24
2013

Pespectives on cell phone distracted driving: A family changed

By DriveitHOME

The Sligting family was changed forever when a teen driver distracted by her cell phone conversation ran a stop sign and struck John Sligting as he drove home from work on his motorcycle. Watch John’s daughters give a poignant account of what happened, and remember to put down your cell phone while driving.

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