WASHINGTON (May 3, 2011) – The Howard University Department of Public Safety is urging students and other members of the University community to adopt safer driving practices especially during the spring graduation period.
Statistics show that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 18 and 24. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified several risk areas that are a particular danger for college-age drivers: distracted driving, impaired driving and not using seat belts.
One of the most widespread forms of distracted driving is cell phone usage. Texting is of heightened concern because drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Safety officials are also reminding drivers that the District of Columbia “hands-free” distracted driving law carries a $100 fine.
To promote safe driving, Howard University Public Safety Chief Leroy K. James is coordinating his efforts with the federal administration’s HBCU Safe Driving Campaign. The campaign is supported by NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House.