April is National Distracted Driving Month.
To help keep everyone safe on our roads, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Human Resources and Department of Public Safety want to remind all faculty, staff and students to keep their hands on the wheel and avoid cellphones, radio dials and other distractions while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every day more than 660,000 people use cellphones while driving.
Any cellphone use behind the wheel takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your focus off driving – putting the driver and others in danger. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
Please be safe and turn your phone off or set it aside when you start your car. No conversation is worth the risk.
To learn about the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s effort to stop distracted driving, please visit distraction.gov.