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During April's Distracted Driving Awareness month and throughout the year, ASSE members are working to enhance awareness of how distracted driving crashes can lead to harrowing life changing events. The ASSE Transportation Practice Specialy has developed a valuable tip sheet on 'Avoiding Distracted Driving' available here and to share. As ASSE's 2011-2012 President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CSPI, said, "We are very concerned with this issue as roadway crashes continue to be the number one cause of on-the-job deaths. Life can change in a second. Let's say you're doing yard work one warm spring day and your, let's say, mother decides to go to the store to get garlic bread to go with dinner. As the sun beats down on you, you hear a car pulling into the driveway and think your mother has returned. But, as you lift your head you see it's a police car instead. The policeman slowly gets out of the car and tells you the bad news – your mother died when the driver of another car, while texting, veered into the wrong lane and slammed into her car. She died instantly. So instead of enjoying that spring dinner, you and your family are planning a funeral.

Distracted driving occurs any time a driver takes their eyes off of the road, their hands off the wheel and their minds off the primary task which is to drive safely. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2009 an estimated 5,474 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roadways and 448,000 were injured in distracted driving-related motor vehicle crashes.

We urge you to share the following information and tips in an effort to increase roadway safety and to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

 

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