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Distracted driving kills teenagers every year. Make sure you know how to be safe in the car this summer.

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Female v/o: I know everything about everything. I know what my friends are doing all the time. Seriously, I know almost everything because I pay attention, well…most of the time.

I know about cars and driving and what it takes to drive safely.

Male v/o: Right, but it doesn’t hurt to review what you already know.

Female v/o: I know what I need before I get into the car.

My keys.

My phone.

My wallet or bag.

I know to adjust my seat and check my mirrors and put on my seat belt and lock the doors before I take off.

Male v/o: Did you know 10% of high school students report rarely or never wearing seat belts when riding with someone else?

Female v/o: I know I’ve always got to be careful and drive safely.

Mom and Dad and everybody tell me to pay attention, pay attention, pay attention. Huh…maybe they’re right?

I know my parents can take away my keys anytime…UGH!

I know I need to obey traffic lights and street signs.

And going faster than the speed limit is dangerous and illegal.

I know I could get a ticket or lose my license if I break the rules. That’s not cool.

Male v/o: Did you know teen drivers are 50% more likely to crash in the first month of having a license than they are after a full year of experience?

Female v/o: I know the difference between fog lights and high beams.

I know to drive slower in rain or snow or ice or fog

I know I need to be awake and alert.

I know I need to pay attention to road conditions all the time because a car can slide out of control in one second. That’s scary.

I know to keep the radio down and not sing too loud so I can hear a siren or a horn.

Male v/o: Did you know 57% of teen crashes involve going too fast, not paying attention, or failing to yield?

Female v/o: I know I shouldn’t change the a/c or look up directions when the car is moving.

I know those all distract me from the only thing I should be doing —-Driving.

I know not to text and drive or make calls when I’m in the car.

Male v/o: Did you know that more than 50% of high school students say they text while they drive at least sometimes?

Female v/o: I know it’s really hard and a little gross to eat when I’m driving.

I know I need to pay 100% of my attention to signs and lights and other cars every single second.

Male v/o: Did you know 20% of crashes that injure someone are caused by a distracted driver?

Female v/o: I know it’s illegal for me to drink alcohol.

And I know that when I’m 21 it’s illegal to drink alcohol and drive impaired. It’s dangerous, illegal and just plain stupid.

I know I need to be careful driving if I take medicine. And I definitely shouldn’t let a friend who’s impaired get behind the wheel.

Male v/o: Did you know 60% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes who have been drinking were not wearing a seat belt?

Female v/o: I know I could get arrested and lose my license if I drive impaired. And I know I could get grounded…Forever.

I know I need to be home by curfew. But I still need to drive safely and obey stop signs and red lights.

I know I may get grounded. But it’s better than not getting home at all.

WOW. So I do know a lot.

I know that teens are more likely to be in crashes than adults.

Male v/o: Did you know more than 300,000 teens are injured in crashes each year?

Female v/o: I know my friend could die if I get in a crash. Or I could die. Or somebody I don’t even know could die. And I know I don’t want any of those things to happen.

Male v/o: Did you know motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.?

Female v/o: I know I need to drive safely and always pay attention so I keep my license and get home safely every time. And if I forget anything about driving I know I can ask my parents and they’ll be cool and remind me. WOW.

I really do know everything.

Video from the Century Council

Can You Be Ticketed for Distracted Driving?

In most states, you can be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving. Some states also ban handheld cell phone use.

Any activity that distracts a driver can lead to a serious accident. Other common distractions include eating and drinking, grooming, reading maps/directions, adjusting the radio, and more.

These activities may seem harmless, but the fact is that hundreds of thousands of people in the United States are killed or injured every year as a result of distracted driving. 

What can you do? Concentrate on driving when you’re behind the wheel—it’s not the time for multi-tasking.

Look up the laws in your state and wherever you plan to drive

Visit Distraction.gov to get more information about distracted driving.

April is National Distracted Driving Prevention Month. Learn if your state has banned cell phone use while driving.

More People Are Texting and Driving

Distracted driving is a dangerous and common practice —and it’s becoming an even bigger problem on the nation’s roads as more drivers are text messaging while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the percentage of drivers who text messaged or manipulated their mobile devices while driving went up significantly, from 0.6 percent in 2009 to 0.9 percent to 2010. The latest federal figures show more than 3,000 people died in car accidents in 2010 because of drivers who were texting, using a phone or were distracted by something else.

Texting and Driving Can Be a Lethal Combination

Distractions behind the wheel include eating, talking to other passengers, or changing the radio, but there is one that is especially dangerous: reading or writing text messages. Doing this increases the risk of an accident by 2,300 percent.

But you don’t have to be typing away to be at risk of having or causing an accident:

  • Drivers who use mobile devices are four times more likely to have an accident and injure themselves or others.
  • Using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 percent, the legal limit in most states.
  • Using a cell phone can reduce the brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent.

Tips for Changing Your Habits

Habits can be hard to break, but these tips can help you get started:

  • Turn off your phone before driving away, or store it somewhere where you can’t reach it.
  • If you have an urgent call you need to attend, find a safe place to park before using your phone.
  • Ask another passenger to answer your calls or messages.
  • Designate a copilot that can help you use other electronics in the car such as your navigation system or the radio.

How to Talk to Your Teens

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. In fact, 16 percent of young drivers involved in fatal accidents were driving distracted.

There are several things parents or guardians can do to help reduce the risk of distracted driving in the family. First, set the example by refusing to drive distracted. In addition, you should:

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of distracted driving.
  • Make a commitment that no family member will drive and use mobile devices at the same time.
  • Establish consequences for not following the rules.
  • Speak up if the driver of the vehicle is using a cell phone.
  • Take the time to get to know your state’s cell phone laws and share them with your children.

Faces of Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is a serious problem. In 2009, it killed nearly 5,500 people and injured 500,000 more.

The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to end this dangerous practice on our nation’s roadways. If you have a story about distracted driving, please share it at distraction.gov and maybe it will make someone think twice.

Share your distracted driving story.

Video Transcript

WOMAN’S VOICE: I couldn’t believe this happened to our family.

WOMAN’S VOICE: Why aren’t people screaming from the rooftops that this is dangerous?

GIRL’S VOICE: Because someone made one stupid mistake, I’m an only child.

MALE VOICE: I said, you’ve got to stop this. You’re going to have a wreck.

[phone ringing]

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