Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Department Acknowledges Distracted Driver Awareness Month this April
BEDFORD – Chief Robert Bongiorno and the Bedford Police Department report that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which provides a vital opportunity to highlight the dangers of distracted driving through creative awareness and enforcement campaigns.
“It is imperative that we spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents and vehicle-related injuries and deaths. It is vital the public understands the importance of eliminating distractions while driving to keep themselves and others safe.”
Distracted driving is any action that could take your attention away from the road and these actions will not only endanger the driver, but also any passengers, bystanders, or other drivers. Some of the most common distractions can include talking on the phone, texting, eating or drinking, using a navigation system, or adjusting the radio.
The Bedford Police Department has been proactive in its approach to distracted driving. Last year, the department partnered with Middlesex Community College Criminal Justice students to compile data on distracted driving in Bedford, focusing on The Great Road. The MCC Students looked at distractions caused by a number of factors including phones, food, drink, grooming, other electronics, and conversations with passengers.
Last April, the Department hosted “Anti Texting Week” at Bedford High School, and ran a texting simulation to show students what can happen if you text while driving.
According to the Department of Transportation, texting and driving is the most alarming distraction because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.
Some of the larger initiatives the Bedford Police Department is participating in are the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” and “Drive to Save Lives” campaigns.
The best way to end distracted driving is to educate the community. Visit distraction.gov for more information on distracted driving and learn how you can help.
Additionally, AT&T has released a video documentary showcasing the dangers of distracted driving.