Buckle Up, Phone Down.

In Virginia, it’s illegal to operate a moving motor vehicle while holding a phone – but drivers seem to do it all the time!


How can you protect yourself against distracted drivers?

  1. Buckle-Up! It’s your best defense against an impaired, distracted, or reckless driver.
  2. Put down your phone. You need your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel so you can react to hazards (such as distracted drivers).

Do you know…

  • Nearly 25% of Virginia drivers do not wear their seat belts.

Do you know…

  • Each day, 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted driving.

Take action against distraction…

  • Download an app. Enable a “Do Not Disturb” app to block incoming calls or messaging while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Park before eating. Before you spill anything, pull into a safe space to eat or drink.
  • Hands-free isn’t risk-free. Even if the phone isn’t in your hand, there are still dangers involved when a driver doesn’t fully concentrate on the road.
  • Be a good passenger. Do your best to help the driver and be an extra set of eyes on the road.
  • Have a plan. Plan to silence your phone, turn it off, or put it somewhere out of reach when you’re driving.
  • Have a strong, clear policy. Make it a rule: No handheld phones while driving.
  • Protect yourself. A seat belt is your best defense against a distracted driver.
  • Speak up. Request your driver stop driving distracted. After all, your life is in their hands.
  • Change your voicemail. Notify callers that you are driving or otherwise unavailable.

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