Every day, at least nine people die and 1,000 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Texting, phone calls, dashboard touchscreens, and more, all play a part in taking our eyes off the road. In an effort to recognize the dangers of distracted driving, and encourage safety when on the road, the National Safety Council recognizes October as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in 2020.
On November 25, 2008, the life of Shelley Forney was changed forever as her 9-year-old daughter was hit by an SUV while riding her bike home from school. The driver was looking down at their cell phone and, in that brief instant, everything changed. After the accident, Shelley worked for change. She knew her daughter's accident was avoidable and hoped her personal story could make a lasting impression that would inspire change.
On March 23, 2010, the U.S. Congress passed House Resolution 1186 thanks to Shelley's help. This resolution, known as the Keep Americans Safe Act, helped create National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and works to change the way both teens and adults think when they get behind the wheel.
How to take part in Distracted Driving Awareness Month
- Pledge to put away your phone while driving for the entire month: 7% of all drivers at any given time are using their phones while driving. Help remove any temptation by turning your phone off when you turn your car on.
- Share what's worth it to you: Is it your family? Maybe it's your friends or a significant other? Let us know what's worth it to you.
- Take the Worth It pledge: Are you ready to make an impact? Take the pledge - not only to practice safe driving this month, but to practice safe driving all year.
- Download a presentation for your school or workplace: These sessions tailor stories, statistics and information into a compelling speech that is perfect for students, customers and employees.
Drivers talking on phones, hand-held or hands-free, miss seeing up to 50% of what's around them. Life is worth it. Distracted driving is not. This month make a promise not to drive distracted.