Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is an opportunity for parents to have a conversation with their teens about potential dangers of phone use while driving whether they’re making a phone call, texting or using an app.

According to the National Safety Council, 47% of people are comfortable texting while driving, either manually or through voice controls.

What does this mean for teen drivers, who tend to be tied to their cell phones?

While 93% of licensed teen drivers admitted in a recent study that texting while driving is distracting or dangerous, the majority of teens are still using their phones while driving.

“The person, regardless the experience level or age level, can’t text or drive that is just not physically capable to do. We urge all Texas drivers to text later and not while they are driving. Pay attention to your driving skills,” said DPS Trooper Ruben San Miguel.

According to preliminary data from the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 died in motor vehicle accidents in 2016.