Each year, the month of April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Prevention Month. The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) encourages all motorists to consider how they can practice safe driving habits throughout the year, not just for one month. Simple tasks that are attempted while driving can create deadly results. Adults with teenage drivers are asked to plant the seeds of road-focused driving upon these youngsters.
“Just Drive!” is the primary message from the National Safety Council (NSC). Distracted cell phone drivers continue to contribute to vehicle accidents. Hands-free devices do not reduce accidents, because people are still more focused on the conversation than what is occurring in front of them on the road.
Another way for people to impact a large population of drivers is for companies to take a look at how their policies guide their workers. More training and support can help to get people thinking about how they can contribute to increased safety and reduced accidents.
The NSC reports that 2017 was the second consecutive year in which there were over 40,000 roadway-related fatalities.
To help ensure safer roads, the NSC urges motorists to:
- “Practice defensive driving: buckle up, designate a sober driver, arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue and drive attentively, avoiding distractions
- Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from prescription opioids: visit StopEverydayKillers.org to understand the impact of the nation’s opioid crisis
- Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits: visit DriveitHOME.org for resources
- Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them: visit MyCarDoesWhat.org for information
- Fix recalls immediately: visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall
- Ask lawmakers and state leaders to protect travelers on state roadways: the NSC State of Safety report shows which states have the strongest and weakest traffic safety laws
- Join the Road to Zero to understand how safety professionals are addressing motor vehicle fatalities: visit nsc.org/roadtozero to get involved”
The Apache Junction Police Department encourages residents and visitors to practice and share these tips to help save lives. One life saved may be a life that you know.