April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) reminds us that we can all play an important role in keeping our communities and families safe. Driving while distracted by cell phone use or texting remains a significant threat to our safety and that of our children, other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and runners.
FocusDriven, a non-profit organization focused solely on issues of cell phone use while driving is operated by people personally affected by the loss of family members due to cell phone-related vehicle accidents. The group encourages the community to change the social acceptance of this deadly behavior. They also remind us that change requires involvement from everyone – those receiving a call from someone who is driving – to those sitting in the passenger seat who observe their driver using a cell phone or texting.
How can you help change the way people think about this behavior? Ask friends, family members and coworkers who use their cell phones while driving to take a pledge to drive cell free. If you have some discomfort in doing that, remember that having that conversation could save their lives.