The First Great National Cell Off Day Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving
OMAHA, Neb., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The National Safety Council invites drivers to join them in the first Great National Cell Off Day by turning their cell phones off while on the roads.
“Texting or talking, cell phones are one of the most common causes of distracted driving. We hope drivers in Omaha and across the nation will join us in eliminating this distraction completely while behind the wheel by turning their cell phones off on June 29,” said Kay Farrell, National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter president.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate, 11 percent of drivers are using cell phones at any given time. Cell phones, like any distraction, increase the risk of an accident, putting lives of the driver, passengers and others at risk. More than 2.2 million injuries resulted from vehicle crashes in 2008, not to mention thousands of fatalities.
In addition to turning off cell phones while driving, the first Great National Cell Off Day will be celebrated with a breakfast at Happy Hollow Country Club in Omaha, Neb., at 7:30 a.m., led by the National Safety Council Omaha Chapter, who founded and organized the Great National Cell Off Day. The event will include key community leaders, dignitaries and the leadership of member companies. At the breakfast, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman will present their Great National Cell Off Day proclamations.
About the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter
Founded in 1924, the National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter, is a private non-profit, community based organization that promotes safety and health by providing programs, resource services and education to individuals and organizations to prevent both the personal and economic loss associated with injuries, accidents and health hazards wherever they exist. For more information, visit www.safenebraska.org.
SOURCE National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter