Driving distractions come in all shapes and sizes. Distractions can be as small as the food you’re eating on your way to work, as sweet as your baby crying in the backseat and even as innocent as the radio playing a song you love to rock out to. According to a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes in 2012. All of these distraction-related deaths and injuries were 100 percent preventable.
In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety launches a new campaign every April in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The focus of the campaign is to stress the importance of staying attentive while driving and decreasing all behind the wheel distractions.
To help you avoid distractions behind the wheel, The Office of Traffic Safety offers the following suggestions:
To avoid the traffic fines, car crashes and life-altering consequences that are associated with driving while distracted, set aside your distractions when behind the wheel. For more information regarding distracted driving facts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. More safe driving tips and information about other OTS efforts can be found at facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS.
Join the movement - We’re all in this together!
In celebration of National Public Health Week, Sutter County Public Health will host a variety of free community events that encourage families to get active and healthy in 2014. These free community events will take place during the week of April 7th -13th.
For more information about these events call (530) 822-7215.
In the U.S., clocks change at 2:00 a.m. local time. In spring, clocks spring forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.; in fall, clocks fall back from 1:59 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. The phrase "Spring Forward, Fall Back" is used to help people remember how to reset their clocks.