WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives March 23 passed H.Res.1186 by a vote of 410 to 2.
Authored by Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey, the resolution will designate the month of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The resolution encourages all Americans to consider the lives of others on the road and put an end to distracted driving.
According to a recent National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, 80 percent of all traffic incidents and 65 percent of all near-crashes involve some type of distraction. Driver distraction was reported to have been involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008, a 12 percent increase since 2004.
In 2008, 9-year-old Erica Forney of Fort Collins, Colorado was struck and killed by a distracted driver while riding her bicycle home from school.
"Studies have shown that distracted driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk and while everyone knows that drunk driving is dangerous, far fewer people are aware of the risks of distracted driving," said Rep. Markey. "A driver increases the risk of a crash by 2,300 percent if he or she is texting while driving. Currently, twenty states have enacted texting while driving bans, and I am proud to say that Colorado is one of them."
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