Did you know that the National Safety Council found through the review of multiple statistics that cell phones are the cause of more than 1.6 million accidents a year nation wide? “This number is huge,” says David Teater, senior director of transportation strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council, whose 12-year-old son was killed in a crash caused by a driver on a cell phone. “One out of every four car crashes in the United States is caused by cell phone distraction.”
Due to the unexpected quantity of accidents caused by distracted driving many have decided that it’s time to take an active part in making people more aware of the dangers of driving distracted. “Just as groups like MADD changed attitudes about drunk driving, I believe FocusDriven can help raise awareness and change the way people think about distracted driving,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in announcing the group. “Together, I hope we can put an end to this dangerous practice.” (Read more)
A year ago the group called for a universal ban of cell phone use while driving a car. While 19 states have made laws banning texting while driving, and others the use on hand held phone devices, there is currently no law in any state that bans the use of cell phones all together while driving.
Because of the large number of car accident victims we see at our clinic we interested in helping educate as many people as we can about the dangers of driving distracted. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by distracted driving contact Dr. Dirk Woodmansee, Utah’s number 1 physician in treating and rehabilitating car accident victims. It’s your life…live it in health!.