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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


It takes about five seconds, on average, to read or send a text. Not a lot of time. But, in that span of time, with your eyes on your phone and not on the road, a vehicle travelling 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field. In that instant, over that distance, a life can be taken—maybe even yours.

Startling Statistics* (distracted driving): On average, in Oregon...

  • A distracted driver causes a crash every 2.5 hours - almost 10 crashes each day.
  • Distracted driving causes one in every 12 serious injury crashes in Oregon.

During April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA is partnering with our friends in state and local law enforcement and with advocates across the country to remind everyone about the dangers of distracted driving.

For more statistics and information on distracted driving and other risky driving visit the partnership links below:

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration - Distracted Driving
National Safety Council - Distracted Driving
Governors Highway Safety Association


The Week of April 9-13 is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

Startling Statistics* (work zones): On average, in Oregon...

  • A work zone crash occurs every 17 hours.
  • An inattentive (distracted) driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes.
  • Four out of five work zone fatalities are drivers and their passengers.
  • Fines double 24/7. Workers or not.


*Statistics based on crash data from the five years 2012-2016 inclusive.

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