I see our mission to educate teenagers on the dangers of distracted driving moving forward everyday. I think we all know that using a cell phone and driving is dangerous. I'm pretty sure we tell our teenage drivers not to do it. The question is do they truly take our instructions to heart?
After speaking with over 15000 teenage drivers, I will answer it for you. The majority does not. You tell them not to use their cell phone and drive but they do it anyway. The Ad Council recently reported that 60% of teen drivers have texted while driving. Do you know why many choose to do it when you tell them not to? They see you do it. If you do it, it must be o.k. for them to do it.
So what are we going to do to curb deaths and injuries from distracted driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now stating that distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens. In fact, in the year 2010, more than 3,000 deaths and 416,000 injuries were directly related to distracted driving.
My new rule that I'm passing on to groups that hear my presentation on distracted driving is a two second rule. If the distraction is greater than two seconds, it's dangerous – don't do it.
How will we continue the momentum of slowing down the dangers of distracted driving? We need to keep the discussion alive and ongoing. We must continue to ask our teenage children to refrain from texting and driving and we need to not only talk the talk but walk the walk.
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Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer