EACH JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates safety awareness month to bring attention to key safety issues. For 2014, the theme of safety awareness month is “SAFETY: It takes all of us”. For each week of the month of June there will be a different focus subject, including preventing prescription drug abuse, stopping slips, trips and falls, being aware of our surroundings, putting an end to distracted driving, and summer safety.
The NSC has explained that this year’s theme was inspired by the idea of the continuing reduction of risk, as a successful safety program depends on the ability to spot hazards early and evaluate potential risks. In doing so, harm is often able to be drastically reduced, if not eliminated in its entirety.
For the year 2013 alone, there were 638 fatalities as a result of motor vehicle collisions in the state of Kentucky. While the total number of motor vehicle fatalities was down in comparison to 2012, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety notes that driver distraction accounted for 43% of the total crashes statewide, and 25% of the total fatal crashes. 163 fatalities occurred as the result of driver distraction on Kentucky’s roadways last year. From texting or talking on cellular phones, to eating and drinking, the smallest and briefest of distractions can lead to devastating collisions. Law enforcement agencies nationwide have cracked down on driver distraction over the past few years through campaigns such as One Text or Call Could Wreck it All, Driver sober or Get Pulled Over, and Click It Or Ticket.
As a firm, we adamantly support the National Safety Council and its continuing work to ensure safety throughout our country. For more information regarding safety awareness month, including articles and other free resources, you can visit the NSC website.