“Unfortunately, this is a serious issue that claims many lives each year,” said Reilich. “As we approach prom season and our children are out and about, the risks of dangerous and unsafe driving increases. Talking and texting while driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or any time one’s mind is not focused on driving while they are operating a vehicle is considered distracted driving. Keeping our children alert and aware are the greatest deterrents against these dangers.”
According to the New York State Police, the most serious offenders of distracted driving are our youngest drivers, with 16% of all vehicle crashes involving drivers under the age of 20. Thousands of people are killed and nearly half a million are injured each year in distracted driving crashes.
“Safety is everything,” said Reilich. “Together, we can reduce the risk of accidents and unsafe driving habits. I hope everyone enjoys themselves during this special time of year, and I extend to parents and guardians, as well as those attending proms this year, to urge and practice responsible driving so that everyone gets home safely.”
The New York State Police and Nationwide Insurance Agency have been presenting their Distracted Driving campaign across the state. In the next few weeks, they are scheduled to have several displays available throughout Monroe County.