April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

From Chief Ratkiewicz

Myths:
1. Drivers can multi-task without worry of being involved in a crash.
2. Talking on a cell phone is just like speaking to a passenger.
3. Speaking into a hands-free device is safe to do while driving.
4. I only use my cell phone at stop lights, so it’s okay.
5. Voice-to-text is safe to do while driving.
6. Teens are the only ones that shouldn’t drive distracted.

Facts:
1. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio, entertainment or navigation system – anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
2. Texting is the alarming distraction.
3. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention.
4. Teens are the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.
5. Regardless of age, it’s everyone’s responsibility not to drive distracted.
6. Parents have to lead by example by never driving distracted.