Each year, thousands die in distracted driving crashes. First responders not only respond to these incidents, but they’re vulnerable to the dangers of distracted drivers while they’re on the roadways helping others.
Since January of this year, 16 emergency responders have been struck and killed by vehicles. This might shock the general public, but responders know these dangers all too well. According to a recent survey by the National Safety Council, 49% of emergency responders stated that the possibility of being struck by a vehicle is “just part of the risk” of their role.
April is Distracted Driving Month and the National Safety Council and Emergency Responder Safety Institute have released new findings to raise awareness about distracted driving and the dangers for first responders.
“The cruel irony is, we are putting the people who are trying to improve safety in very unsafe situations,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Our emergency responders deserve the highest levels of protection as they grapple with situations that are not only tactically difficult but also emotionally taxing. Save your communications for off the road; disconnect and just drive.”
We thank the National Safety Council and Emergency Responder Safety Institute for shining a light on this important topic and we encourage everyone to spread the word about these initiatives. To see the full survey or access more information, visit nsc.org, and to learn more about Distracted Driving Awareness Month, visit nsc.org/ddmonth.
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