Did you hear what Justin said? “All it takes is just that one time.” We have a little to say on this topic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, distracted driving took the lives of 3,142 people. That’s a little more than 8 people every day. Sadly, that has been the national average for vehicle fatalities related to distracted driving for about the past 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control as cited in this link.
Many of the distracted drivers are teens. “Maybe, but not my kid,” you say. We wish that were true. According to a study conducted by the CDC, 39% of teens who drove in a 30-day period texted and/or sent an email while driving at least once. The greater percentage of distracted drivers were those about 18 years old.
What can you do? There are some suggestions in the link to the CDC webpage for distracted driving, above. SCM is offering one additional thought. You may already have a company rule prohibiting distracted driving. Make it a family rule as well. And then lead by example. Tell your teens that you are putting your phone away while driving and demonstrate that repeatedly every time you drive.
And if your workplace does not have a rule against distracted driving, talk to someone about it. The lives you may be saving will be people you know and care about.