Basic awareness is often at the front of simple steps to building successful safety programs. For instance, mounting a phone on a proper dash mount for utilizing GPS maps and directions or putting the phone completely away, in the dashboard, are acceptable means to phone safety while driving. The idea of set-it-and-forget-it is the most important rule. Setting one’s desired playlist or GPS destination before driving is the ideal way to avoid distractions.
With tracking, privacy laws make it hard for police and safety officials to access phone records in the occurrence of a crash, limiting how much they will be able to research the real reason for the crash. In some instances, the driver does not own up to the reason for the crash, causing discrepancies and gaps in the data and evidence. We are certain that distracted driving is potentially worse than the crash and fatality statistics indicate.
While driving safe and sans-phone distractions is common sense, and the solutions are actually quite simple, the reality of education and implementation is sadly behind. Educators at the secondary level are at the forefront of possibilities to inspire action within the student population.