April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and DSI invites you to join us in making the promise to never drive while talking or texting on your cellphone. While it is currently legal to talk on the phone while driving in the state of Florida, it is illegal to ever text and drive. In reality, it is a simple fact that people should not be messing with electronic devices of any kind while operating a motor vehicle. Hundreds of thousands of tragic casualties and injuries are caused each year as a result of distracted driving car accidents. The saddest part about these accidents, injuries and fatalities is that they are all completely preventable. Make the decision to “Just Drive!” and be part of the solution by making a pledge not to talk or text while driving!
In support of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, DSI encourages you to not only follow these safe driving tips, but to encourage others to do the same:
● Put down your phone as soon as you climb in the driver’s seat of your vehicle. If you get a call you need to handle, pull over before doing so or have a passenger handle it.
● Rather than allowing yourself to be tempted by your phone, stick it in the backseat and turn it on silent.
● Download and use one of the many available apps allowing you to automatically disable your phone capabilities once your car begins moving at a certain speed.
● Realize that even though you may use a hands-free device, this does not mean that you are safe or in the clear. Try to avoid having any phone conversations while driving, period.
● If you’re traveling in a car with someone who is using their phone, ask them politely to stop for the safety of you and others in the vehicle.
● If you call someone who answers the phone while driving, nicely ask them to call you back once they have parked.
● Talk with your friends and family about the risks of distracted driving. Get them to cut the distractions and “Just Drive!”, as well!