Focusing on the Positive:
Shut up & Drive. is helping to promote National Teen Driving Safety Week. Check out what they had to say, you never know, it could one day affect your life.

Car crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths. This scary statistic demonstrates the importance of this cause week: National Teen Driver Safety Week.

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds.
  • Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.
  • Alcohol and distracted driving are major factors in teen driving accidents.
    • Nationally, 64% of all drivers or motorcycle operators ages 15 to 20 who were involved in traffic accidents and were legally drunk died as a result of the crash.
    • Drivers under age 20 represent the largest proportion of distracted drivers on the road, and 16% of under-20 drivers in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.

Despite the scary stats on the dangers of distracted driving:

  • Over 90% of teens admit to doing multiple tasks while driving, such as talking on the cell phone, playing loud music, channel surfing, and using mp3 players even when they admit they find it distracting.
  • An overwhelming 75% of American teens admit to text messaging while driving.

Lately texting while driving has been the focus of safe driving campaigns. Study results released in mid-September revealed that texting behind the wheel is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

The danger of texting behind the wheel was shown in extremely graphic details by a PSA out of the UK that went viral and has been viewed millions of times. While some question the effectiveness of gruesome videos such as this, no one is denying the seriousness of the issue.

Currently, 14 States and Washington DC have banned text messaging for drivers of all ages but lawmakers are hoping to sign a federal bill that will prohibit the practice across the country.

Think you can multi-task? Play the NY Times game which illustrates the potential consequences of distractions like texting on your driving ability.

Whatever your age — but especially teens – please be careful out there. You’re controlling a two-ton metal weapon – so as Rihanna said so eloquently: Shut up and drive.

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