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WHEREAS, distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways, claiming thousands of lives and injuring thousands more each year in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver; and
WHEREAS, the National Safety Council says driver distraction often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and failure to see traffic signals; and
WHEREAS, the National Institutes of Health found that distracted driving, particularly among new drivers, substantially raises the risk for car crashes and near crashes; and
WHEREAS, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that, at any given daylight moment, approximately 660,000 people across America are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving; and
WHEREAS, House Joint Resolution No. 727, passed in 2013 by the Virginia General Assembly, designates April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, increased awareness about the dangers of distracted driving will result in safer roadways in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, DRIVE SMART Virginia is committed to reducing the number of traffic deaths and injuries in the Commonwealth by educating motorists and bringing awareness to dangerous driving behaviors; and
WHEREAS, the campaign against distracted driving has also been immensely aided by corporate and law enforcement efforts in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, a month dedicated to programs and activities focused on reducing distracted driving will greatly raise awareness;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2018 as DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.