Distracted Driving Awareness Month is Wrapping Up

April is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  As the month winds down, lets not forget that distracted driving is dangerous all year long. As a service, the National Safety Council offers free tools to educate people on the dangers. Tools include:

  • Distracted driving infographics which can be embedded into a website
  • Fact sheets, white papers,  posters and a case study
  • Videos, PowerPoints, and recordings

In West Virginia, cell phone use without a hands free device is illegal and carries a fine of $100 for the first offense; $200 for the second and $300 for the third. Both texting and talking on a cell phone are primary offences (West Virginia Legislature, 2012) .

Sheriff Texting

The law does not apply to ” a law-enforcement officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic or the operator of an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of their official duties” (West Virginia Legislature, 2012,§17C-14-15(c)(1) ). Regardless of the reason, distracted driving is dangerous and the police and government officials should set the example.

References:

National safety Council (2014). Distracted driving awareness month. Retrieved from http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/DDAM.aspx

West Virginia Legislature (2012). Prohibited use of an electronic communications device and driving without handheld features (§17C-14-15).

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