Orthopaedic Surgeons Bring Awareness to Distracted Driving Prevention

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has teamed up with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to sponsor an award-winning distracted driving prevention program. Its newly redesigned website, DecidetoDrive.org, allows you to anonymously send safe driving tips to the distracted drivers in your life, giving them a “heads up” about their dangerous driving habits. You provide an email address, and “Decide to Drive” will send out safe driving tips to that person.

Each year, approximately 421,000 Americans are injured in distracted driving-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were an estimated 3,328 fatalities in distracted driving-related crashes in 2012. The results of an AAOS-Harris Interactive survey found that 94 percent of drivers believe that distracted driving is a problem in the United States, and 89 percent within their own communities.

Since 2009, orthopaedic surgeons and automakers have urged drivers to “Decide to Drive” behind the wheel by avoiding texting, eating, talking on a hand-held phone, applying make-up and other distractions while driving. In addition to DecidetoDrive.org, the awareness and prevention campaign includes print, television and radio public service advertisements; elementary school and high school educational curriculums; and active social media outreach.

Also featured on the newly redesigned website are the finalists and winning entries in the “Decide to Drive” national student distracted driving magazine contest.

For more information, visit DecidetoDrive.org.