Patterned after Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the U.S. Transportation Department and the nonprofit National Safety Council are joining together to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
The newly created organization is called FocusDriven. “We are a survivor advocate group that seeks to help others who have lost loved ones as a result of this senseless and totally preventable driving distraction,” said Jennifer Smith, president and founding board member. “Our vision is to prevent injuries and save lives by eliminating cellphone use while driving.” The group’s website hosts information on distracted driving, help for victims and family members, and ways to get involved.
“I first met several of the founding members of FocusDriven at our Distracted Driving Summit, and I’m deeply impressed by their commitment to turn these tragic events into positive actions that will help save lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Their stories are not just heartbreaking; they’re also a clear and compelling call to action.”
As a companion effort, the Transportation Department recently launched Distraction.gov as well as releasing this new public service announcement featuring LaHood that reminds drivers to keep their focus on the road–and off their cell phones:
Secretary LaHood told the news media that he will push for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving. Hand-held or hands-free, LaHood maintains, using cell phones while driving, can be the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 (the legal limit for DUI).
Last year’s Virginia Tech study was partially responsible for focusing the nation’s attention of the dangers of using wireless devices behind the wheel. Nineteen states including Virginia have already banned texting while driving.
Fortunately, most Virginia motorists drive responsibly, but if you–or someone you love–have been injured in an automobile accident caused by a distracted driver, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Personal Injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C., Toll Free 877-544-5323, for a no-obligation consultation.