About 10 years ago the girls and I were in a car crash.
The crash occurred when we were picking up food at a drive through, it was me and my two older daughters who were about 2 and 4 at the time. We were at a complete stop when all of a sudden the driver behind me slammed into my SUV and pushed us almost 10 feet. She was reaching for her phone and it dropped and she reached down for it more and instead of pushing on the break when she saw our car she hit the gas instead.
Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes.
I was shocked to learn how big of a problem distracted driving is and I want to be a part of ending it.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving. Orthopaedic surgeons—the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after road crashes and traumas—along with our partners, the automakers, would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and to keep bones and limbs intact.
The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.
I am dedicated to doing my part to end distracted driving.
I want to set a good example for the girls as they get closer to driving age. I am pledging to talk to my kids about distracted driving and to make sure that I am not a distracted driver. I am reminding myself every time I get in the car that I have one goal. Getting to where I am going safely and to focus only on driving.
Please join me in ending distracted driving by remembering that the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Learn more about the #DecideToDrive Campaign and how you can avoid distracted driving.
Are you doing your part to avoid distracted driving?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.