In 2008, 5,864 teens ages 15-20 were killed. An average of nine teens, ages 16-19 were killed every day. What was the cause of these deaths? These deaths were not caused by guns or health issues, these alarming statistics all revolve around distracted teen drivers.
We might be tempted to focus on a myriad of other issues, but we need to face the sobering reality of the dangers of distracted teen drivers. Whoever you are, there is something you can do. Instead of recognizing these somber statistics and simply moving on, find something you can do.
What does that look like for you? It might just be setting a good example. If you are an older driver, you can recognize the incredible importance of being a focused driver. Share this message with those younger than you, and chose not to be distracted. Any driver should be determined to eliminate distractions. This might look like powering off your phone, using an app to respond to people that you’re driving, not eating or getting ready while you’re driving, or whatever it takes for you. In addition, we can all strive not to be distractions! You know a friend or family member is driving somewhere?
Don’t text them yet! You’re a passenger for a different driver? Help the driver so they don’t become distracted. Whatever you choose to do, remember that many lives are ended each day due to distracted driving.
By Forks Young Life – Washington Traffic Safety Commission Grant Project