Richmond, VA (July 2012) - As summer in Virginia hits full stride and children and adults increase the amount of time they spend outdoors, “we want you to be safe,” says Janet Brooking, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia.
“We know right now, more kids are riding their bikes, playing with their neighbors, many often walk to the pool. Now is the perfect opportunity to remind drivers to share the road with bicyclists and pedestrians and to practice distraction free driving,” Brooking said.
Distracted drivers are dangerous to everyone on the road especially bicyclists and those who are walking or running. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that 3000 people were killed on U.S. roadways in distracted driving crashes in 2010. Last year in Virginia there were 28,619 crashes, 136 fatalities and 16,128 injuries attributed to driver distractions. Brooking continued, “If motorists simply buckle up, put their phone down and focus on the task of driving, neighbors, kids, even other motorists are much safer.”
Share the Road Tips:
• Pass bicyclists with at least 2 feet
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
• Bicyclists should ride with traffic and obey traffic laws
• Pedestrians should walk or run against traffic
• Motorists should focus on driving and put distractions away
To better accommodate media requests from around Virginia, we’re introducing the DRIVE SMART Virginia Regional Speakers Bureau. We’ve added greater media access to traffic safety information for reporters in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Roanoke. Reporters from all areas of Virginia can also contact Rob Richardson, Public Relations and Outreach Manager at Drive Smart Virginia at (804) 929-2988.
Drive Smart Virginia, founded in 1995, is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to educating drivers and raising traffic safety awareness in order to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways of Virginia.
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“Too often people don’t realize how dangerous it is to look away from the road for just two seconds. It can be deadly.” Janet Brooking, Executive Director DRIVE SMART Virginia