A quick glance at our phones. A bite of a snack. A short phone call. These actions don’t seem dangerous by themselves. While driving, they can be deadly distractions. Even a split second of distraction that takes our eyes – or even just our mind – off the road can lead to a crash that claims a life.
National Safety Council (NSC), a Let's Talk Autonomous Driving partner, established Distracted Driving Awareness Month to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Mark Chung, National Safety Council Vice President of Roadway, said the need for awareness is especially urgent now, as NSC’s preliminary crash data from 2020 shows that motor vehicle fatality rates increased during the COVID-19 pandemic even though there were fewer cars on the road.
“We’re seeing an increase in speeding-related crashes and more than 700 people are injured daily due to distracted driving,” Chung said.
Watch Chung's full interview about distracted driving with Sonoran Living below:
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