Safe Driving


Take the Holiday Just Drive Pledge today! 

The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut is partnering with NJM Insurance to raise awareness about safe driving throughout this holiday season.  Take the Just Drive Pledge and be entered to win an Apple iPad. During the holidays, distracted driving is more prevalent due to increased travel, stress, and driver fatigue. Distracted driving is responsible for more than 390,000 injuries and 3,500 deaths every year. 
We can all do our part to end distracted driving by making the commitment to Just Drive. NJM will donate $1 to the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut for every pledge from Connecticut that they receive. When you take the pledge, you will be automatically entered to win one  of three NJM prize packs that include an Apple iPad, NJM roadside kit, and NJM backpack.  Take the pledge today at https://justdrive.njm.com/pledge/.

At the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut we are all too familiar with the dangers that unsafe driving poses.  According to the CDC Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons 15-24, 25-34, and older adults aged ≥75 years.  Motor vehicle crashes are also the leading cause of hospitalizations for adolescents and adults aged 15 to 44 years of age.  In addition, they cause injury and death for pedestrians and bicyclists.  In an effort to promote safe driving the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut has partnered with NJM Insurance Group (new to Connecticut).  Throughout October, the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut worked with NJM Insurance Group to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to promote teen driver safety.

Did you know?  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school.  

As part of their enduring committment to safety and to support the communities they are privileged to serve, including Connecticut, NJM offers free teen driver safety programs.  This includes the Share the Keys program - a 60-minute, interactive program for parents and their teen drivers aimed at increasing awareness and encouraging community involvement to help keep teen drivers safe.  It also includes What Do You Consider Lethal? - an evidence-based, award-winning program created by NJM's partners at Impact Teen Drivers, a non-profit dedicated to saving lives by empowering people to drive safer. This engaging program is designed to help teens avoid reckless and distracted driving by making responsible decisions.  To learn more or schedule a presentation visit https://justdrive.njm.com/online/.  To learn more about NJM's teen driver safety initiatives visit https://www.njm.com/safety-center/the-key-to-teen-driver-safety.

Did you know? Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists.  We also know that, due to reporting limitations, the numbers under estimate the impact of distracted driving, and also does not reflect the number of those injured through distracted driving, including those who experience brain injury.  

Distracted Driving does not just mean talking on the phone or texting, it includes any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the road - talking to others in the car, eating and drinking, adjusting the stereo or navigation system.  To learn more about Distracted Driving visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving.  To learn more about NJM's efforts to reduce distracted driving visit https://www.njm.com/safety-center/avoiding-distractions-behind-the-wheel.