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Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones. The latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that nationwide in 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7% decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012.
In recognition of National Distracted Driving Prevention Month, from April 10 to April 15, 2015, law enforcement personnel nationwide will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive. This effort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines periods of intense anti-texting enforcement coupled with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.
Winter provides new challenges in preventing injuries. Fires in the home are more common because of the increase in cooking activities and heating fires, holiday decorations, and winter storms. Below are some resources and tips to keep your family safe this winter.
Winter Home Safety
Holiday Kids Safety
Summer is a great time to engage in outdoors activities such as swimming, biking, playing outside, and grilling, but it is also a time when accidents and injuries occur. By taking simple, common-sense precautions, you can have fun and stay safe at the same time.
Playground and Bike Safety
Injury Prevention Epidemiologist, Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention