GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but it’s more than just texting. 22News found out what annoys some Franklin County drivers the most.
This month is all about improving safety on the roads and eliminating the distractions that too often cause accidents. Distracted Driving Awareness Month kicked off it’s first week with the slogan “You drive. You text. You pay.” States across the country are joining the campaign and cracking down on driving violations.
Some Franklin County drivers told 22news what bothers them the most when they’re on the road. Oona Kilcommons told 22News she’s annoyed by late turners. “the most annoying thing people do is probably when they turn really late. Like they realize they’re going to miss it so they swerve in front of a bunch of lanes to make that turn.”
Swerving across lanes, forgetting to use turn signals and pulling into traffic too slow are just a few things drivers say annoy them. But there are things you can do to ensure your safety and peace of mind for others on the road.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association suggested a few tips to avoid distractions on the road. If you need to make a call, pull over or ask your passengers to make the call for you. And if you bring your furry friend’s along for rides, make sure they’re secured properly before you start to drive.
One driver told 22News his main concern on the road is texting. “That is the biggest problem that people have. They’re driving, they make a call. They’ll be talking on their phone. They’ll be texting. And from what I’ve learned 6 of my friends have been in accidents because of driving and texting at the same time,” said Justin Pacheco.
According to the Department of Transportation more than 600,000 vehicles are driven by someone using a handheld cell phone in this country at any given moment and texting is the most dangerous distraction.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 10% of fatal crashes in 2012 were reported as distracted-affected crashes.