The State Farm and Washington Traffic Safety Coalition is assisting Young Life with a grant in doing awareness on distracted driving. The group has created a YouTube video, held up signs downtown Forks, and had many other projects to help people think about the issue. Distracted driving is a big issue not only with teens, but adults as well.
More often than not people from out of town, such as tourists, are on their phones distracted. According to distraction.gov, 10 percent of all drivers under age 19 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Teenage drivers text more than any other age group and they have the highest proportion of distracted-related fatal crashes.
Pew Research Center notes that two of five teens have been in the car with a distracted driver. Distracted driving can be from cellphone use, changing the radio, using a GPS or not being alert while driving. People do not understand the potential danger of cars. The small needs or wants in the moment are not more important than our lives. Please stay alive, don’t text and drive!