Commissioner introduces measure to fight distracted driving

On March 30, Oakland County Commissioner Eileen Kowall introduced a resolution to designate April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Oakland County. Distracted driving occurs as a result of engaging in other activities while driving and has been identified by the National Safety Council (NSC) as a serious public health threat. The NSC recently reported that traffic deaths went up six percent (6%) nationwide in 2016 and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration driver inattention is a leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes. The goal of this measure is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in Oakland County and to encourage all motorists to practice safe driving behaviors.

“My resolution is meant to bring more focus on what has become an epidemic,” stated Commissioner Eileen Kowall. “It’s just not worth it. The statistics are staggering. The brief few
seconds you may take to answer a call or text, or do anything that takes your eyes off the road, may have tragic consequences.”

As of July 1, 2010, Michigan law prohibits texting while driving, but any activity that draws the driver’s eyes away from the road should always be avoided. Kowall encourages people to go to www.nsc.org to learn more about how they can help to end distracted driving and to sign the NSC “Pledge to Drive Cell-Free.” Additional information and statistics about this important public safety issue can also be found on the Michigan State Police website at: www.michigan.gov/msp.

Kowall is a Republican representing the 6th District, which includes White Lake Township and a portion of Waterford Township. For additional information, call the Board of Commissioners office at 248-858-0100.

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