COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - April is distracted driving awareness month and the risky behavior is probably more common than you think.
In 2012 more than 3,200 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. Pam Fair with Safe Kids Columbus stopped by the morning show on Wednesday with some important reminders for parents and teens.
In 2012, more than 3,200 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Safe Kids Columbus wants to remind teens and families to put down their devices while driving. This is especially important for new teen drivers, since traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Eleven percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
Parents, here are some tips recommended by Safe Kids Columbus:
- Talk to your kids about how to be safe while driving. Remind kids to follow traffic signals and laws, make eye contact with pedestrians, and enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Let your actions speak as loud as your words. Set a good example for kids by putting devices down when you're driving. If parents put devices down, kids are more likely to do the same.
- Take action against distraction. Teach kids to put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until their final destination.
- Be alert around neighborhoods and schools. When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.
- Watch out for pedestrians. Give pedestrians the right of way and look both ways when making a turn to help spot any bikers, walkers or runners who may not be immediately visible.
For more information visit safekids.org or safekidscolumbusga.org.