The campaign is running aggressively from April 10-15, but that doesn't mean you should be texting while driving outside of those five specific days. During the campaign itself, state and local law enforcement will ticket drivers who are texting or using their phones when behind the wheel.
Secretary Foxx spoke about distracted driving at the campaign launch:
“Distracted driving kills, there is no excuse for it, and it must stop. Across the country, we’re putting distracted drivers on notice: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Texting and driving will at least cost you the price of a ticket but it could very well cost you your life or someone else’s.”
Ready for some cold hard facts about distracted driving and its consequences? Here you go:
- According to the NHTSA, 3,145 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2013. In their estimation, nearly 430,000 Americans were injured in distracted related accidents in 2013.
- Teenagers engage in texting while driving most frequently, with ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes reported as distracted right before the accident.
- It doesn't only affect the driver and passengers: In 2013, 480 non-occupants were killed in distraction-affected crashes.
Remember that your child follows after your driving habits, which means it is absolutely critical you practice what you preach, and that means putting the cell phone down until you reach your destination.
Please drive with care. Remember, no text is worth your life.
For more on the "U Text. U Drive. U Pay" campaign, click here.