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Distracted Driving Awareness Month Underway

In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring April the National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Every April, law enforcement and safety experts work to spread awareness about the dangers of distractions behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving crashes were responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in 2011, alone. Combating this dangerous practice is a top priority in making highway travel safer for everyone.

The AAA has responded to Distracted Driving Awareness Month by listing 10 tips to help drivers avoid distractions while operating a motor vehicle. Among those tips are asking passengers to help you stay focused, securing pets and children before getting started and making sure adjustments such as moving seats, mirrors, air conditioning, radio and GPS are finished before the car is put into gear. Staying engaged in the act of driving can be challenging if a trip is long. The temptation to eat, drink, make phone calls, text and otherwise divert your attention grows as a trip lengthens. It is important to do whatever you can to make it easier to concentrate on driving safely, including eliminating potential distractions before they occur.

Like most states, Georgia prohibits texting while driving. The attention paid to texting should not diminish the importance of eliminating all forms of distraction. Eating, drinking and talking to passengers can all take your attention away from the wheel at the key moment. One moment is all it takes to cause a car accident.

Source: ABC WATE 6 News, "AAA recognizes distracted driving awareness month with safety tips," by Drew Gardner, 1 April 2014

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