Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a growing problem throughout the country. "Distraction" is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity instead. Here are just a few examples of items in our vehicles that can distract our attention away from the road; cell phones, stereos/CD players, MP3 players, satellite radio and GPS devices.

According to the National Safety Council, eighty percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone, but that is not the case. Multiple studies have shown that hands-free devices are no safer than talking on a cell phone in your hand. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what's around them, such as traffic lights, stops signs and pedestrians.

Here in Overland Park, our mission is to make the streets and highways safer for the thousands of motorists who travel on them each day.  We have always taken an aggressive approach to educate motorists of the importance of distraction-free driving through education and enforcement.  

Let's all continue to do our part in ensuring everyone's safety while travelling on the roadways, whether in Overland Park or driving across the great state of Kansas.