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April Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness Month, observed during the entire month of April, is a united effort to address the dangers of driving while distracted and seeks to prevent further avoidable deaths through education and by raising awareness. Accidents involving distracted drivers are completely preventable, and the desire is that through these efforts more tragedies can be avoided. The hashtag #justdrive is used throughout social media to help spread the word and advocate personal pledges to safe practices and distraction-free driving. We have previously written on distracted driving as it relates to teen drivers, but as statistics continue to show, this is a problem that extends to drivers of every age. Though distracted driving related accidents are trending down from previous years, the numbers are nevertheless sobering: Every day, at least nine Americans are killed, and another 100 are injured in distracted driving accidents. Every 15 minutes, someone is killed in a … Read More

January Is National Teen Driving Awareness Month

Most teens are excited to get their first chance to drive a car, but unfortunately that excitement all too often turns into tragedy. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 20. Even crashes that do not end in a fatality can leave bones broken, cars totaled, and high insurance premiums. Arizona is the tenth worst state for teen drivers, according to one study. The state ranks 23rd in teen driver fatalities and 45th in distracted driving and texting-while-driving laws. It ranks 35th in overall safety. In an effort to bring attention to this urgent problem and help teens to respect the risks of driving an automobile, January has been declared National Teen Driving Awareness Month. This is an especially important month for Arizona teens. The facts and figures on teen driving can be sobering, but we can do better. Risk … Read More