Today the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council have launched a new campaign to discourage teens – and all drivers – from texting while driving. This campaign, and those like it, are vital elements in reducing the number of tragic deaths and injuries caused by distracted drivers.
However, campaigns alone will not solve the problem. Stiffer fines, laws, and penalties will not alone solve the problem. What we need is a cultural shift making texting while driving an unacceptable behavior, and for that to happen every single person has a clear role to play. Please play your role.
Here are some of the resources made available to consumers through this STOP THE TEXTS. STOP THE WRECKS. campaign:
- Facts sheet – with 30 sobering facts, here’s a sample
- Survey results
- Videos – 4 videos that help illustrate how quickly distraction leads to disaster
- Infographic – see below
This campaign has partnered with the U.S Department of Transportation who created the excellent Distraction.gov materials.
Also check out the following blogs:
- New Online Safety Lesson: Texting and Driving Don’t Mix
- NTSB Recommends Ban on All Non-Emergency Use of Mobile Devices
- In Spite of Risks, More Drivers Text than Ever Before
- Consumer Reports Study; Young Adults, Cars, and Phones a Deadly Mix
- Deaths Related to Drivers Distracted by Cell Phone Use
- Distracted Driving? Take the Distractology 101 Learning Challenge
- Talking and Driving, a Dangerous Mix