The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching an all-out Tweet-up Thursday, April 30, to stop distracted driving. It’s dubbed the #justdrive Tweet-up to Stop Distracted Driving campaign. The idea is to get everyone tweeting messages about the dangers of distracted driving by using the hash tag #justdrive. The NHTSA says it wants to reach the people who think that texting and driving is okay, since they’ve never crashed before.
Some of the agencies tweet suggestions include:
- #Distracteddriving kills, every day. Join @NHTSAgov this Thursday, April 30, 2015, to save lives. #justdrive
- In 2013, 3,154 people died in #distracteddriving crashes. Help us and @NHTSAgov save lives on 4/30. #justdrive
- Don’t text, #justdrive. @NHTSAgov is tweeting all day on 4/30 to stop #distracteddriving, and so are we.
- At any given moment, 660,000 people are texting while driving. Think that’s scary? Help us & @NHTSAgov stop it on 4/30. #justdrive
- From teens to adults, everyone needs to know: texting while driving kills. Join us & @NHTSAgov all day Thursday. #justdrive
It’s not leaving Facebook out of social media efforts either:
- This Thursday, April 30, we’re joining NHTSA on Twitter to bring awareness to how dangerous texting while driving is. Get involved and save a life. #justdrive http://www.twitter.com/
- 3,154 people died in 2013 from #distracteddriving, and another 424,000 were injured. All because someone couldn’t put the phone down while driving. Help us and NHTSA stop distracted driving this Thursday, April 30. #justdrive http://www.twitter.com/
- No text is worth a life, yet at any given moment of the day, 660,000 people make the choice to text and drive at the same time. Join us and NHTSA on Twitter all day Thursday, April 30, to help stop #distracteddriving. #justdrive http://www.twitter.com/
- We’re tweeting all day on Thursday, April 30, to join NHTSA in raising awareness on the dangers of #distracteddriving. Join us with hash tag #justdrive and help save a life! http://www.twitter.com/
The NHTSA reports that in 2013, 3,154 people lost their lives to distracted driving crashes and another 424,000 were injured. It also estimates that over 660,000 people are using a cell phone or manipulating an electronic device while driving at any given moment of the day. To put it into more perspective, the NHTSA says that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.