Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways, claiming thousands of lives and injuring thousands more each year in the United State; and

WHEREAS, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at any given daylight moment approximately 660,000 people across America are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving; and

WHEREAS, engaging in activities such as talking on a phone, texting, checking social media or email, selecting music, or other uses of  portable devices while driving increase the risk of getting into a crash by three times; and

WHEREAS, House Joint Resolution No. 727, passed in 2013 by the Virginia General Assembly, designates April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the improved health and well-being of Virginia's citizens are a direct result of increased awareness about the dangers of distracted driving; and

WHEREAS, DRIVE SMART Virginia is committed to reducing the number of traffic deaths and injuries in the Commonwealth by educating motorists and bringing awareness to dangerous driving behaviors; and

WHEREAS, the campaign against distracted driving has also been immensely aided by corporate and law enforcement efforts in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, a month dedicated to programs and activities focused on reducing distracted driving will greatly raise awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2016 as DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.