The U.S. Department of Transportation has created a website devoted to educating everyone about the dangers of distracted driving. In 2009, distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people and injured 500,000 more. With people attempting to multitask while driving more now than ever before the danger is prevalent and a holistic change needs to take place. The U.S. DOT is leading the charge, but the message needs to be conveyed at state and municipal levels as well. Vermont outlawed the biggest danger posed by distracted driving, texting, last year. Education regarding the matter is important, and by making a concerted effort to inform at the local level we can contribute to the DOT’s overall mission of getting rid of distracted driving altogether. The vignettes in the “Faces of Distracted Driving,” series on the website are a powerful reminder of the consequences distracted driving can pose.
Vermont Local Roads recommends sharing this website with your co-workers, friends and family. If you would like additional resources or strategies to share the information in your community please contact Erik. Let’s all work together to end distracted driving.