April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia. The Winchester Police Department is encouraging drivers to put down the phone and buckle-up.
“It’s not just texting and making phone calls,” said Captain Doug Watson. “Drivers are using apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat behind the wheel.”
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is an opportunity to remind drivers of the dangers of texting-while-driving and other distracted driving behaviors. It’s not just cell phones that are a concern – applying makeup, eating, adjusting the radio or having a pet in the vehicle are distractions that can contribute to a devastating crash. Anything that draws your attention away from the task of driving is distracted driving.
“Whether you’re driving through Winchester for work or for play, we want everyone to be safe on the road,” said Watson.
Police are encouraging drivers to stay focused on the road. The department is also reminding local businesses to check their policy regarding cell phone use and communicate it regularly with employees.