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After speaking with close to 15000 teenage drivers over the last two years, I'm truly concerned with their ability to understand the consequences of a car accident. At least 20% of the teens have already either caused a collision or been involved in an automobile accident. Perhaps they believe since they have already been in an accident that there is no way they can be harmed – the I can survive any collision mentality.

I tried something new yesterday at the Athens High School 9th grade Distracted Driving Presentation. I called upon one of the students that I saw as a distraction in the audience to be the 9th grade monitor. I recruited him to make sure that his fellow class mates did not use a cell phone and drive. Whether it will work or not I don't know and we will not know for at least a couple of years. I do think that those who disrupt the presentation probably are the greatest danger to their communities.

While there are always a few rowdy kids in the presentations, the great majority seem very interested in discussing something they know is a problem for them – cell phone addiction. Of course, they don't call it an addiction. Certainly cavemen had these things so it is not a big deal to spend all day communicating with people by cell phone. My question: Do they understand that one poor decision can have such devastating consequences. I don't know that they do. I think they see it is possible but I don't think they believe it can happen to them.

I'm going to revise my presentation and along with begging for no use of cell phones while driving I think I will also start hammering home a One Poor Decision theme. Why should one poor decision cause so much tragedy? One poor decision is not worth the consequences.

In the video I show, a member of Focus Driven says: "I would not want to cause this much hurt to someone I love or someone I didn't know." One poor decision and the outcome is causing tremendous harm for something so selfish and senseless.

Drive Safe – X THA TXT

Say NO to Distracted Driving

Jeff Weinstein, Dallas injury lawyer

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Scott Williams

    Keep up the good work. No doubt that as smart phones continue to get "smarter", they will become more of a distraction than they are now. Awareness is a big part of the solution, and as early as possible.

  2. Gravatar for Randi

    It is so great to have people like you involved with schools, educating our children on the dangers of distracted driving. Hopefully others will follow your lead. Thank you for caring.

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