TX-DOT Launches Anti-Driving While Distracted Campaign

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and TX-DOT is pulling out the stops on a multi-media attack on talking or texting-while-driving.  

TX-DOT officials have put their message on radio, TV and on online ads, along with numerous billboards with messages imploring motorists to “Hang Up And Drive”. The Dallas Morning News reports that crashes caused by distracted driving in Texas increased 4 percent from 2012 to 2013.  Almost 95,000 crashes were due to distracted driving in 2013, and resulted in 459 fatalities. 

TX-DOT officials offer tips to avoid distracted driving, such as pulling over to use electronic devices, refrain from eating, reading, watching movies or grooming while driving, to warn friends and colleagues that you won’t respond to calls and texts when you’re driving, and to take advantage of smartphone apps that disable your phone when you’re driving.  The simplest of all is to put your phone away or put it on silent so you won’t be tempted to use it while driving.