At least nine Americans die and more than 100 are injured every day in distracted driving crashes.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans have personally witnessed a distracted walking incident, with almost 26 percent of those surveyed having been in an incident themselves.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlights how drivers between the ages of 18-20 have the highest incidence of crash or near-crash experiences compared to other age groups.

The Virginia Tech Heads Up Hokies campaign encourages Hokies and community members traveling across campus on foot, bike, by bus or car to keep their heads up and pay attention to their surroundings. 

In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, Heads Up Hokies, Virginia Tech Police, and Parking and Transportation share important reminders for reducing distracted driving, cycling, and walking:

  • Don’t use your phone to text, email, or play music while driving, biking, or walking. Texting and driving is illegal in Virginia. Make the commitment to safe driving, by taking the national It Can Wait pledge.
  •  Avoid multi-tasking: Be present at the wheel, on bike, or while walking. You may be tempted to call family and friends or catch up on texts or emails. Resist the urge.
  • Don’t use headphones while driving, walking, or biking.
  • Make your intentions known: If you are biking, use hand signals; if you are driving, use turn signals; if you are walking, take extra care at crosswalks and keep an eye out for cyclists around you.
  • Stay aware: Whether you are driving, biking, or walking, stay aware of your surroundings, and keep a close eye on pedestrians around you. Drivers and pedestrians should stay particularly aware of cyclists making turns and pay attention to cyclists’ hand signals.
  • If you’re drowsy and driving, pull off the road to the nearest safe area.

Visit Heads Up Hokies and the National Safety Council for more information and resources on distracted driving awareness and prevention.

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