20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA) Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. ( Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a BAC at the legal limit of.08 percent. (University of Utah) FATAL CRASHES CAUSED BY DRIVER DISTRACTION
The New Jersey Legislature is considering related bills (S1950 and A2816), which would establish the violation of hands-free cell phone law as reckless under vehicular homicide statute and assault by auto statutes. PLEASE SUPPORT HELEN’S LAW New Legislation.....
Always Remember… Driving is a privilege not a right. You are responsible for the passengers in your vehicle. Respect & understand that driving is inherently dangerous. You only have control over the vehicle you are driving – be alert and aware of your surroundings all of the time!
Tips to Make Your Ride Safer Turn the music down! Make/take your calls later! Leave eating and drinking for the kitchen! Set/adjust GPS before you drive! Put a “traveling’ message on your voicemail and turn your phone OFF!
Presented by: Diana Starace, Coordinator Injury Prevention Program Level One Trauma Center Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital 732.418.8026 firstname.lastname@example.org Presentation developed by the ATS Injury Prevention Committee National Trauma Awareness Month 2012