You may have noticed the phrase, "Don't drive in-text-icated" popping up on cars and billboards in recent months. Similar messages that you can find with a simple google search include:
- Don't tempt f8 that txt can w8
- Dnt txt n drv
- Pay attention.
These are strong messages for all drivers, especially young drivers.
Recent statistics from the Official U.S. Government website on distracted driving highlight this point. The website, a joint collaboration between the National Highway Safety and Transportation Association and the US Department of Transportation reports that for drivers under 20 involved in fatal crashes, 11% of them were reported as distracted at or near the time of the crash.
For the parents who were wondering if your teen and his or her friends were getting the message, the website located at distraction.gov does little to increase your confidence. It states that almost half of all teens in a car with another driver report that the driver used a cell phone in a dangerous manner.
While distracted driving happens (kids, other drivers, unexpected noises, etc.), limiting these distractions is important to the safety of ourselves, our passengers and other drivers. Educating the drivers in your house is an important first step in reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving.