“Heads-Up Driving Week” Target Distraction-Related Car Accidents in Boca, Nation
Gregg Hollander | October 4, 2011 | Personal Injury
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently launched the third-annual “Heads-Up Driving Week” to help reduce the risks of distracted driving-related car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. This week-long campaign is taking place from October 2nd through the 8th. During this time, AAA is asking that all drivers make a pledge to eliminate distractions while behind the wheel while on our roadways.
Our car accident attorneys understand that multi-tasking has almost become second-nature to all of us as we have busy days and many obligations to fulfill. But driving is no time to engage in any other activities other than focusing on safely making it to your destination. Event organizers ask that you to pledge to drive distraction-free for just one week. We hope that you can spread the word and can get your friends and family members to join the movement and potentially remain on board for a lifetime.
Quick distracted driving facts:
-There are approximately 8,000 accidents that occur every day because of distracted drivers.
-About a million people have died because of car accidents over the last 25 years. There were nearly 34,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2009. This high number of fatal accidents is believed to be a result of increased distractions for drivers.
-Approximately 5,500 lives were lost on U.S. roadways in 2009 because of traffic accidents that reported the involvement of a distracted driver.
-Studies have concluded that drivers spend at least half of their time behind the wheel engaging in distractions.
-Drivers who use a cell phone are four times more likely to be involved in a motor-vehicle accident.
-Distractions can include rubbernecking, playing with the radio, smoking, applying makeup, talking on a phone, eating, texting or engaging in activities with passengers.
-Passengers were the number one reported cause of distraction-related car accidents in the U.S.
According to a recent survey, nearly 95 percent of drivers reported that they viewed text messaging and emailing while driving as an unacceptable and dangerous behavior. Nearly 90 percent of those who were surveyed said that they support laws to govern this type of behavior. Ironically, more than a third of drivers still engage in these types of activities. This is the “do as I say, not as I do” behavior. We as drivers need to look inward at our own driving habits and make changes before we can expect others to change.
We would like to invite you to take the “Heads-Up Driving Week” challenge and pledge to put away all distractions while driving. This is a week-long pledge that could potentially change your driving habits and help to induce change in others. No life is worth a text message or a phone call. Keep your eyes and mind on the road at all times to help save a life.