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We’re thankful for safe travelers

texting_driving_1As the nation reflects on the things for which we are thankful, the AIDS.gov team would like to express gratitude to all our readers for following this blog. We appreciate your support for our work, and we look forward to continuing to support your efforts to use digital tools. In addition, we encourage you to use those tools safely and in the appropriate situations.

Our friends at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have some helpful hints on that subject. DOT reminds drivers that Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most heavily traveled holidays, and stresses the importance of wearing your seatbelt and ensuring that all of your passengers are wearing their seatbelts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of those killed in auto accidents in 2013 were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. So buckle up and drive safely!

Driving safely also means observing the speed limit, signaling when changing lanes, and, we would add, never using handheld devices while driving.

Commit to driving safely and to putting away your devices when driving because one text or call could wreck it all.

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