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Decide To Drive AAOS & Auto Alliance: Distracted Driving

Who hasn’t been there? You’re driving and it seems like everyone around you is paying attention to something OTHER than the cars around them. People are talking on their cell phones, eating (what is that? a bowl of cereal?), smoking, putting on their makeup or even reading paper. All of this while trying to drive a car at high speeds.

cereal box on counter with bowl

This does not need to be eaten while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the nearly 33,000 roadway fatalities in 2012, there were 3,328 fatalities and approximately 421,000 injuries in distracted driving-related crashes. Thing is, most of these could be avoided!  Because of this, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving.

Orthopaedic surgeons—the specialists who put bones and limbs back together after road crashes and traumas—along with our partners, the automakers, would rather help all drivers “decide to drive” each time they get in the car and to keep bones and limbs intact.  The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel.

Cell phone on the counter

Oh she is so seductive. *Beep – just answer this one email*

It is difficult, I must admit, to avoid being distracted in the car.  There’s the phone beeping away as if saying, “Oh hi.  Don’t worry, it’s a red light, you can read your email.”  Don’t do it.  Trust me.  I got a ticket not too long ago for playing with my seductive phone and it’s little beeping sounds.  Ug.  That was a quick $160 down the drain!

Remember, the most advanced safety feature of any vehicle is the driver. The AAOS and the Auto Alliance urges all drivers to keep their most sophisticated safety features engaged at all times: eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.  Don’t fall prey to distractions.

What?  Don’t like the “Don’t fall prey to distractions” slogan?  DO YOU have a better slogan or phrase? to make the Decide to Drive campaign stand out from every other campaign? Enter the Decide to Drive Catch Phrase Contest between May 28 – June 13. Your turn of phrase could be used as the official Decide to Drive campaign catch phrase, and you could win one of two $500 runner-up prizes or the $1,000 grand prize!  Show me what ya got! Enter here:

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  1. Great idea! I have been really working to not get distracted while driving.

  2. It can be tough and I’ve seen so many get distracted all of the time.