Firefighters work to prevent people texting while driving
July 29, 2014
The International Association of Eastside Fire Fighters recently launched the public safety campaign #JustifyIt, which asks, “Can you justify the next text message from your driver’s seat?”
#JustifyIt uses firefighters’ first-hand experience with texting and driving disasters to educate the community and keep the public safe from these violent accidents.
More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving. Distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Texting while driving a vehicle has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers. Texting while driving has the same effect as driving after having drank four beers, according to the Allstate Foundation. In addition, 47 percent of adults now admit that they text while driving.
Eastside Fire Fighters Local #2878 encourages the community to get involved in the #JustifyIt campaign through social media, and by talking to your children and loved ones about the dangers of texting and driving.
They offer the following tips:
- Never use your phone while driving.
- Put your phone somewhere you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Silence your phone while driving. If you can’t hear notifications, you are less likely to check them.
- Designate a texter. Ask a friend to read and reply to your texts while you’re driving.
- Pull over or wait until parked to check or send messages.
Local #2878 urges everyone to be safe on the roads and avoid distractions while driving. Learn more on the #JustifyIt campaign website: http://justifyit.org.