Do you know what April is? Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Last year in Virginia, 24,350 distraction-related crashes killed 126 people and injured 13,733.* Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system - anything that draws your focus away from the task of driving. Fiddling with a phone is one of the most dangerous forms of distraction. It involves your hands, eyes, and attention. *preliminary figures
In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 727 recognizing April of that year, and each succeeding year, as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the Commonwealth. "A month dedicated to programs and activities about distracted driving will greatly raise awareness."