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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted On Fri, April 22, 2011

Though the month may soon be coming to a close, officials would be remiss if the month ended without motorists knowing that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The National Safety Council and FocusDriven - a nonprofit advocacy organization whose aim is to increase awareness about the dangers of cell phone use while driving - has distributed materials throughout the country that depict what people may not be seeing on the road as a result of being distracted.

With 28 percent of all crashes resulting from cell phones and texting while driving, both organizations have urged motorists to put them away for the entire month while out on the roadways.

“If drivers can go one month without using their phones while driving, they will find out – as many of us have – work still gets done," said Jennifer Smith, FocusDriven president. "It is our hope drivers will decide to make the change permanently. Doing so will make our roadways safer for everyone."

Auto insurance companies are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. As a result, companies sometimes look to statistics to see what age groups are the most likely to engage in the practice. This can lead to rate hikes due to increased risk.

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