Georgia DOT Partners with 43 Key Seconds Initiative to Prevent Car Accident Deaths

The Georgia Department of Transportation is partnering with the Lutzie 43 Foundation in a new campaign to reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed in car accidents every year.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation launched the 43 Key Seconds campaign after the wrongful death of a much- loved family member in a traffic accident caused by an impaired and distracted driver. The 43 Key Seconds campaign centres around the use of special keys that remind drivers to take 43 seconds to prepare themselves for the task of driving, eliminate all distractions and ensure that they are completely alert behind the wheel before they begin operating the car.

The key reminds drivers to plan ahead for a designated driver if they are out for an evening of drinking and reminds them to make sure that their cell phones are on Silent mode before they begin driving. Drunk driving and distracted driving involving the use of a cell phone are two of the most preventable types of car accident which occur.

If you have important phone calls to make or emails to read or messages to send, complete these tasks before you start operating the vehicle. Take the time to accomplish these tasks before you begin driving so that you are not tempted to perform these distracting activities while at the wheel when it is so dangerous to do so. Make sure that you are clear headed and are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs before driving. Last but not the least, take the time to wear your seatbelt and make sure that everybody else in your car is buckled in before you begin operating the car.

These are simple steps that every single motorist can take before he begins driving. The point is to begin driving with a clear head, and clear eyes, knowing that a combination of these is much more likely to help you reach your destination safer.

The Lutzie 43 Foundation is now partnering with the Georgia Department of Transportation to raise awareness about the need for such preparation before driving. The campaign will also have the Georgia Department of Transportation distribute these keys during its calls and stops, so more people can become aware of the need to take time to prepare in every way before turning on the ignition key.

Ensuring that you are unimpaired, focused and alert when you are driving is key to safe driving. Thousands of car accidents in Georgia every year can be traced to people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and motorists who were driving while fatigued or sleepy. Even more accidents can be traced to distracted drivers at the wheel of the vehicle. Georgia’s laws against distracted driving make it illegal for you to hold anything while driving, including a fruit or a snack, but these laws are often violated with sometimes catastrophic consequences.

The Atlanta car crash attorneys at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to the representation of persons injured in car accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia.  If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a car accident, talk to a lawyer at our firm and determine if you have legal options to a claim for damages.   You may be eligible for compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income and other types of damages.  Talk to an attorney at our firm and discuss your case.



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