Masonboro Urgent Care's Health Tip: JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

By / Health and Wellness / الإثنين, 29 أيار 2017 04:00

Observed annually in June National Safety Month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury on the roads and in our homes and communities. Awareness this year is focused on distractions while driving.
New technology in vehicles and on  cell phones is causing us to become more distracted than ever behind the wheel of a car. With some state laws focusing on hand held phone bans and car makers putting hands free technology in vehicles it’s no wonder people are confused. Drivers honestly believe they are making a safe choice by using hands free devices. However, studies show that even with hands free devices in our cars our brains are still distracted by  conversations. The National Safety Council estimates about one in four motor vehicle crashes involved cell phone use at the time of the crash. When data involving spring and summer travel is added those numbers show cell phone related accidents and deaths are higher than ever.
The National Safety Council has developed a pledge for drivers to take in order to make the highways safer and to lessen the motor vehicle accidents and deaths that are cell phone related.
The pledge reads:
I pledge to be an attentive driver. I chose to not drive distracted in any way-I WILL NOT:
Have a phone conversation while driving
Text or send snapchats
Use voice to text features in my vehicle
Update social media including Facebook, twitter, or Instagram
Check or send emails
Take selfies or film videos Input destinations into GPS while driving
Call or message someone when I know they are driving
Have a safe and happy summer and take the National Safety Council pledge to be an attentive driver for your own safety and for others with whom you share the road.


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