North Carolina Drivers: Don’t Drive Distracted

Hardee & Hardee, LLP Takes a Stand for Safer Driving Practices

At Hardee & Hardee, LLP, our job is (1) to help those hurt by others and (2) to discourage bad behavior and thereby protect you, your family and your community. To do this, we believe we can make a difference by helping to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving.

In 2015, 21 percent of the crashes in North Carolina involved a distracted driver. In light of the significant danger posed by distracted driving, Hardee & Hardee, LLP partnered with WITN in the Don’t Drive Distracted Campaign. By doing so, we hope that the number of wrecks, injuries and fatalities in our state will be reduced.

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous:

  • Drivers spend more than half their time focused on things other than driving,
  • Distracted driving contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes,
  • Distracted driving is a deadly behavior. It contributes to more than 5,000 traffic fatalities each year,
  • Teen drivers are distracted almost a quarter of the time they are behind the wheel, and
  • In addition to texting or other activities with a mobile device, having passengers, eating, and in-car technologies can also cause distractions.

At Hardee & Hardee, LLP, we know that you, your family, and the other members of our community are more important than any call or text. Contact us today if you have questions about how to be a safer driver!

Our Safe Driving Policy

Our firm has adopted a safe driving policy to be followed by each and every one of our employees. We are committed to promoting safe driving practices on a professional and personal basis.

I will be a safer driver by:

  • Driving without texting,
  • Driving without using any hand-held device of any kind,
  • Reducing, with the goal of eliminating, all/most cell phone use, including hands-free or Bluetooth,
  • Letting calls go to voice mail when I am driving and safely pulling over to retrieve messages and to make calls,
  • Ending phone calls/texting once I learn that the recipient is driving,
  • Reducing or eliminating other distractions while driving, including eating, reading, programming the GPS while moving, personal grooming and other activities that take my mind and eyes off the task of driving, and
  • Being a good role model for co-workers, friends and family by driving in a safe, distraction-free manner.

I will encourage drivers, co-workers, friends and family to drive safer by:

  • Waiting until they have stopped driving before trying to contact them,
  • Being patient and not expecting immediate responses to calls or texts, recognizing that they may be driving,
  • Working together to implement a plan for acceptable response time when they will be driving, and
  • As a passenger, sharing responsibility with my driver for arriving safely and offering safe solutions when my driver attempts to drive distracted.

Commonly Misunderstood Traffic Laws

  • Stopping for a School Bus: On any roadway that has no median, all traffic from both directions must come to a full stop when a school bus stops for passengers.
  • Four-Way Stops: Most drivers understand the basics of a four-way stop and know that whoever reaches the stop sign first gets to proceed first. As a general rule, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.
  • Yielding in a Roundabout: If you’re not used to driving through roundabouts, they can catch you off guard. Keep in mind that if you’re getting ready to enter a roundabout, you must yield to vehicles that are already in the roundabout.
  • Merging Onto an Interstate: Merging vehicles should accelerate and adjust their speed to safely enter into the flow of traffic. Meanwhile, vehicles that are already driving on the interstate should maintain the legal speed limit and move over a lane, if possible, in order to allow for merging traffic.

Call us today at (252) 966-0044 if you are interested in learning more about the pledge we have taken and how you can get involved!

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