Distracted Driving Awareness Month
You are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if you are texting while driving. The Winchester Police Department is joining DRIVE SMART Virginia in supporting Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we’re calling on all drivers to avoid any distraction when they’re behind the wheel. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, last year more than 770 people died in crashes in Virginia. Eight out of 10 traffic accidents in the Commonwealth are related to a distracted driving incident.
The Winchester Police Department is reaching out to teen drivers this month in an effort to educate them about the dangers of texting while driving. We will be handing out flyers to students at Handley High School during dismissal on April 15th and asking for their commitment to stop using a cell phone while driving. The message is “Buckle Up, Phone Down.”
Distracted driving isn’t limited to your cell phone. Set your GPS before you hit the road. It’s also recommended that you eat in a restaurant, not in the car. Children in the back seat can also be a distraction. Avoid turning around to tend to children, and instead pull over to take care of their needs. Finally, we hope that you will remind your friends and family of the dangers of being distracted while driving. A quick look away from the road could cause a serious crash that could injure you, your passengers, or someone else. It isn’t worth it; the call, the text, and the e-mail can wait.
For more information visit www.drivesmartva.org.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
Posted 4-4-2013 - Click Here to return to the main Press Release page.