Teens Challenge Parents to Stop Texting While DrivingMay 10, 2018
A group of motivated girls from Immaculate Heart Academy in New Jersey won a $2,500 award for their school’s driver-safety program by convincing 1,000 people to stop texting while driving. However, the small school only has 760 students, so to secure the 1,000 signed pledges, they convinced their parents to participate in the program. While it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their kids about the importance of safe driving habits, this program gave these teens an opportunity to teach their parents an important lesson about the dangers of distracted driving.
Several decades ago, the number one cause of traffic fatalities was speeding. Today, it is distracted driving, which is largely caused by the number of drivers who talk and text on their phone while driving. The average teen is aware of the risks associated with this type of distracted behavior because it is covered in every driver-education class. They have learned that talking on the phone while driving can make you four times more likely to be in a car accident, and texting is even more dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 60 percent of teen crashes involve distracted driving. However, when all factors are considered, more drivers in the parents’ age range are fatally injured in car accidents compared to drivers under the age of 21.
Why Fatalities are Rising for Older Drivers and Declining for Teen Drivers
To limit distractions for newly licensed drivers, some states have added stricter reforms to its graduated drivers’ license (GDL) law. The new laws often set limits on times that new drivers can be on the road for the first year after they receive their driver’s license. In addition, GDLs typically prohibit teen driver from having more than one teen passenger in the car unless there is another adult passenger. Electronic devices, including those that are hands-free, must not be used at any time while driving. Finally, if a new driver is ticketed for a traffic violation, they will be found guilty, and their GDL status will be extended. Safety experts believe that these types of stricter laws have played an important role in the decline of traffic fatalities in teen drivers.
For parents who have signed the pledge to stop texting while driving, they will be held accountable by their children. For those parents who hesitated to sign, using arguments like work responsibilities, the students had a very effective message. No phone call or text is worth losing your life.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Distracted Driving
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