April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and many Georgia agencies have partnered up to bring the message to the public.
The Department of Driver Services is displaying messages on center television screens all month long at driver’s licensing and testing centers statewide. Each day thousands of Georgia residents are getting important information about the risks of distracted driving.
Since 2010, legislation has prohibited texting and all other cellphone use by drivers under the age of 18. Additionally, all drivers are prohibited from texting and driving in Georgia.
In 2012, more than 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving accidents. According to the U.S. government’s website on distracted driving, there were more than 421,000 people injured in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver.
Through April 15, thousands of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. cracked down on texting and driving. To date there have been more than 265 convictions of unlawful use of wireless devices among drivers under age 18 in Georgia and more than 4,300 people have been convicted of operating a vehicle while text messaging.
Although cellphones are one of the largest distractions on the road, drivers are also distracted when they’re eating, changing the radio stations or dealing with passengers in the car.
All drivers should keep their eyes on the road when they’re behind the wheel and rid themselves of any distractions, such as mobile devices, before they head out.