GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 22News found out about a national campaign aimed at keeping your phone out of your hand when you’re behind the wheel.
States across the country are joining the distracted driving campaign…. endorsing the slogan: You drive. You text. You pay. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrating is launching its first nationally coordinated distracted driving campaign.
While nearly every state bans texting while driving, the campaign goes a step further making sure states are enforcing those laws and educating the public on the dangers of distracted driving.
Currently Massachusetts prohibits all cell phone use for drivers under 18 and there’s a ban on texting behind the wheel for everyone. Drivers told 22News those are good laws. Patrick Clark said, “I don’t think it’s safe to use a device that distracts you from your primary duty, which is to watch where you’re going while you’re driving.”
Some people argue that they need to use their phone while driving for other things than texting.
But some drivers told 22News they disagree and your phone shouldn’t be in your hand at all while operating a vehicle. “If you’re googling, you should definitely pull over. Any type of Internet surfing, something like that. If you’re just hitting the next button, you really don’t need to look at your phone to do that. And a lot of those things are voice controlled,” said Daniel Pantoja.
According to NHTSA more than 3,000 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2012.
Massachusetts will be cracking down on driving violations this month and will use digital billboards to warn people about the dangers of driving distracted.