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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia. Brock-Norton Insurance Agency encourages its employees, and all other drivers, to put down the phone and buckle-up.
Company officials say that Brock-Norton Insurance Agency will use Distracted Driving Awareness Month as an opportunity to remind motorists of the dangers of using a handheld phone while driving and other distracted driving behaviors.
“It’s not just texting and making phone calls,” said Jimmy Norton, CPCU ,Vice President. “Drivers are using apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat behind the wheel.”
Traffic safety researchers say using a smartphone while driving can be extremely dangerous because all three types of distraction – visual, manual, and cognitive – are involved.
Throughout April Brock-Norton Insurance Agency will remind employees that anything they do that diverts attention from the task of driving is potentially dangerous. Company officials say that occasional emails will be sent to employees reminding them that grooming, eating, adjusting the radio, etc. while driving are distractions that can contribute to a devastating crash.
“We want our employees to be safe on and off the job,” said Everett Brock, CPCU, President.
In 2017, 208 people were killed and more than 14,500 were injured in distraction-related traffic crashes in Virginia. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. Please don’t be one of them.
Other distractions, like eating, applying makeup, adjusting the radio or air conditioning, can also be dangerous. Anything that draws your attention away from the task of driving is distracted driving and can cause a crash.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia. Because it involves cognitive, manual, and visual distraction, fiddling with your phone while driving is extremely dangerous. We ask everyone to make a special effort to set the phone aside while driving.
Also, please buckle-up. It’s your best defense against an impaired, reckless, or distracted driver.
We want you and your family to be safe on the road.