Distracted Driving – A Safety Nightmare

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month.

While the number of road deaths is down from 2016, the following statistics are a stark reminder of the inherent dangers of distracted driving:

  • Of the 2,994 distracted drivers involved in a fatal crash, 271 (9%) involved teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers.
  • Handheld device use for women was 3.6 percent, compared to 2.4 percent for men.
  • Female drivers with a cell phone have been more likely to be involved in a deadly distracted driving crash every year since 2012.

This April, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA is again teaming up with State and local law enforcement to save lives and make our roads safer by combating distracted driving through our U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign.

From April 11 to 15, law enforcement will also be making a special effort to identify and ticket anyone who insists on risking their safety and that of others by driving distracted.

Follow these safety tips for a safe ride every time: 

  • Need to send a text? Pull over and park your car in a safe location. Only then is it safe to send or read a text.
  • Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
  • Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cell phone use can be habit-forming. Struggling to not text and drive? Put the cell phone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat of the vehicle until you arrive at your destination.

Law enforcement agencies say:

“No phone calls, no texts, no eating food, or doing anything that distracts you from driving. “