April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The month of April is devoted to distracted driving awareness. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that pulls a person's attention away from driving. According to distraction.org, the United States government's website for distracted driving, over 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving related accidents each year. Ten percent of all drivers between the ages of fifteen and nineteen who were killed in fatal car accidents were distracted at the time. These figures could be far higher, because many researchers believe distracted driving accidents are underreported.
In honor of distracted driving awareness month, we at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, would like to urge you to take the distracted driving pledge. Vow to put away your cell phone while driving and make this commitment a reality. The following is a short quiz that can help you hone your knowledge about distracted driving in Georgia:
1. True or False: If I am at a red light, it is legal to respond to a text message.
False. Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Georgia, and most other states across the country. The law extends to texting and driving even while at a stop. Texting at a red light or stop sign is extremely dangerous because you may not see the light change or another vehicle approach. Moreover, you could also drive forward too soon or too late due to your own inattentiveness.
2. The following activity will not lead to distracted driving:
A. Talking on a hand's free device
B. Taking a selfie
C. Inputting destinations into your GPS
D. None of the above.
The correct answer is D. All of these activities can distract you from the task of safe driving. Studies show that even a hands-free device leads to distraction because your attention is still pulled away from the task of driving. Program your GPS before you leave and do not use your cell phone for the duration of your trip.
3. True or False: Teens are the group most at-risk of distracted driving accidents.
True. Statistically, teens are most likely to text and drive and more likely to be involved in a fatal distracted driving accident. The millennial generation grew up with smartphones and rarely go any place without them. While smartphones can be excellent tools, they have no place in the act of driving. Make sure your teen is aware of the grave dangers of texting while driving and other distracting activities. Have your teen sign the driving pledge and ride with your teen often to ensure he or she is a safe, distraction-free driver.
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