Distracted driving is one of the leading contributing factors listed on Oklahoma auto accident reports, especially when a crash involves a young person. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in 2012, a total of 11 percent of all motorists under the age of 20 who were killed in collisions were distracted at the time of the accident.
Numbers like this leave many Oklahomans wondering what’s being done to prevent distracted driving accidents in our state. The team of Oklahoma car accident lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys explains the state is using several campaigns to curb this dangerous behavior.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has partnered with several other organizations to launch the “Stop The Texts. Stop The Wrecks” campaign. The program provides information to the public about the effects distracted driving can have in addition to offering several tips about how to prevent becoming distracted while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The state office of highway safety is also encouraging drivers to promise not to drive while distracted by signing the “It Can Wait” pledge. The pledge also encourages motorists to post a #X before driving to inform others they are behind the wheel and will respond to messages later.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we understand the dangers distracted driving poses and encourage you to do your part to fight the problem by educating yourself and pledging not to drive without your full attention being on the road.