Reminder: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and this year we’re launching an e-mail campaign to drive down distracted driving-related accidents. Over the course of this month, we’ll provide resources and training opportunities to support this effort of making our roadways safer for everyone and ultimately save lives.

We need your help to make safe driving a priority within your entity and ask that you pass along these resources each week to your employees. Despite the amount of traffic decreasing since the start of the pandemic, motor vehicle deaths in 2020 were the highest since 2007. The rate of driving fatalities increased 24% from 2019 to 2020, the highest increase in 96 years. That is despite the fact that the number of miles driven decreased by 13%.

Our first resource is a Safety Shorts article for you to share with your employees titledIt Can Wait: Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel.”

In addition, here are some resources from the National Safety Council (NSC) to share with your employees and your community: NSC Social Media Kit5 Minute Safety Talk” Handout”Focus on the Drive” Poster”Just Is All It Takes” Poster
What else can you expect during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
The NSC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be running media campaigns all month.

There will be heightened law enforcement presence on our roadways here in Oregon for the entire month.

April 8 is “Connect to Disconnect” (C2D), a 4-hour national distracted driving enforcement and awareness initiative. We hope you and your employees will join us in participating in C2D.