Distracted Driving Kills

Distracted driving kills teenagers. 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. The federal website for distracted driving shows that at any given daylight moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. That’s enough people to fill up LP Field 10 times.

The good news is that ALL distracted driving collisions are preventable. Someone once told me that if you repeat something 3 times, it will stick. Say it with me:

Distracted driving collisions are preventable.
Distracted driving collisions are preventable.
Distracted driving collisions are preventable.

So how can you prevent these kinds of crashes?

Sign a Pledge: The accountability of a written pledge between friends, co-workers and family can truly change driving habits. The CDC and Allstate have pledges you can use, or you can make your own.

Cut Distractions: Let your contacts know that if you’re driving, you’re not available on your cell. This includes email, social media and any other kind of contact. Put your phone on silent without the vibrate, or better yet, turn it off. Plan meals around travel schedules or commutes so that you won’t need to eat and drive. Secure pets in the back seat, not in your lap. Get out your sunglasses or anything you might need before you start rolling. Pull over to a safe area away from traffic if you need to do anything that takes your mind, eyes or hands away from the task of driving safely. Nothing is so important that it can’t wait.

Role Model: According to The Allstate Foundation, more than 80% of teens rate parents as their #1 driving influence. Set the example for your teens and hold them accountable; they will probably do the same for you. Just because your younger kids can’t drive yet doesn’t mean they aren’t watching you, absorbing your behaviors.

How will you prevent distracted driving this coming school year?