Driving is a privilege and comes with a shared responsibility of safety on our nation’s roadways. In 2011 alone, motor vehicle crashes claimed more than 35,000 lives.
What are the leading concerns? According to Injury Facts® 2014, the Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include:
Distracted driving (26%)
Paving the way to safer roads:
With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.
Employers have realized the dangers of cell phone use while driving and are taking action by passing policies to prevent cell phone distracted driving. The National Safety Council recommends policies that prohibit both hands-free and handheld devices and apply to all employees.