Law enforcement agencies raise awareness of Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The California Highway Patrol sites numerous studies that show it takes about 4.6 seconds to look down, read your message and let it register in your mind: time that is dangerously spent.

It can happen in an instant. Driving along the freeway or city street, you get a text message. And you look down to read it, taking your eyes off the road ahead.

LOS ANGELES, CA (NBC) - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It's a dangerous epidemic. In 2012 alone, more than 3-thousand were killed in distracted driving crashes.

It can happen in an instant. Driving along the freeway or city street, you get a text message. And you look down to read it, taking your eyes off the road ahead.

The California Highway Patrol sites numerous studies that show it takes about 4.6 seconds to look down, read your message and let it register in your mind: time that is dangerously spent.

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and law enforcement agencies are taking part to crack down on what we saw plenty of today: people talking on their cell phones without a hands-free device, or texting. And with studies showing teens as being the most likely to drive distracted, another warning for parents: do as you want your kids to do.

Get involved by learning more about the dangers of distracted driving and taking a pledge to drive cell-free. Visit distraction.gov for more information.


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