National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Chapa-De wants to inform you about how easy it is to prevent driving related incidents, as well as the grave consequences of distracted driving.
These are the devastating statistics of the consequences of driving distracted in the U.S., as reported by the National Security Council:
- “Every seven seconds someone is involved in an automobile accident.” – NSC.org
- “Every 15 minutes someone dies in an automobile accident.” – NSC.org
- “Automobile accidents are the leading cause of workplace death.” – NSC.org
What is distracted driving is?
- Distracted driving is considered to be driving a car while focusing on something else other than driving.
- Most commonly that distraction is a cell phone or driving under the influence.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.
- Driving under the influence also pertains to drugs and not just illegal drugs, but also prescription and over-the-counter medication.
Chances are that you or someone in your family has been involved in a car accident of some sort before. So how do we prevent this?
- Seems easy enough to not talk on your cell phone while driving or drink and drive, but still many people do it. It is impossible to fully focus on the road if you are texting, talking on the phone or have been drinking or doing drugs.
- Don’t get into a car if you are worried that the driver of an Uber or taxi is going to be on their phone.
- Chapa-De urges parents to talk to their children about driving safe and to not get into a car with friends who are known to text while driving or talk on the phone while driving. Parents should especially speak with their kids about the consequences of drinking and driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
Chapa-De encourages patients to drive safe, put down their phones while driving, and call for a car service when needed.
If you are struggling with addiction and have driven under the influence or know someone struggling with addiction call (530) 887-2800 for Auburn or (530) 477-8545 for Grass Valley to speak with one of our registered addiction and substance abuse specialists today.
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