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No Phone Zone

Distractions are the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions in America and the number one distraction is cell phones.  There’s no doubt that distracted driving is a major issue on our roadways.  According to the National Safety Council, twenty-eight percent of traffic accidents occur when people talk on cellphones or send text messages while driving.  

This issue has been getting a lot of press lately.  Lawmakers throughout the country are looking to tighten regulations on cell phone use while behind the wheel.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made reducing distracted driving a top priority of his administration, groups like FocusDriven have organized to increase public awareness of the dangers of cell phone use while driving, and even Oprah Winfrey has started focusing this traffic safety issue. 

Do your part to keep our roads safe.  Check out Oprah’s excellent website highlighting the dangers of distraction, take a quiz to find out what you know about the issue, and sign the pledge to make your vehicle a no phone zone. 

Distract driving billboard from the Rainier Traffic Safety Project. Look for similar billboards on Aurora Avenue North this summer.