SALEM — The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has, for the first time, designated April as national “Distracted Driving Awareness” month. Across the country, a campaign will remind motorists, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” and it is aimed at saving lives.
In Oregon, from 2008 – 2012, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers who admitted or were witnessed using a handheld mobile communication device. Officials believe that number is much higher because people may not admit they were distracted while driving, especially if they were using a cell phone.“We want motorists to be more focused on driving, not less – especially with nice weather on the way when more people will be out using the transportation system,” said Troy E. Costales, Safety Division administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation. “We’re proud to support the national effort to raise awareness about how deadly distractions can be; we’re working toward zero fatalities on our streets and roads.”
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