It's a cold, hard fact: Reckless and distracted driving is the No. 1 killer of teens. Impact Teen Drivers, a program co-sponsored by CTA, offers a variety of ideas, resources and even held a contest that was designed to help educators call attention to this public health issue.
Distracted driving is a serious issue. Did you know:
- Automobile crashes are leading cause of death for teens.
- 75% of all fatal teen driving crashes do NOT involve alcohol and drugs, but do involve everyday reckless and distracted driving.
- The teen fatal crash rate is four times that of adults ages 25-69.
- Half of all teens report they have been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.
- The highest proportion of fatalities caused by distracted driving is drivers under the age of 20.
For the fifth year in a row, Impact Teen Drivers presented the Create Real Impact contest offering students and classrooms a chance for prizes and grants for creatively bringing the message of the dangers of distracted driving to their peers. Educators were encouraged to get their students involved in inspiring others with their creative writing, art, music, or video clips and submitting them as entries in the contest. The deadline to enter was Nov. 1, 2013, but there's sure to be another contest next year.
For videos, PSAs, promotional material and other resources, check out Impact Teen Drivers. It’s all aimed at conveying life-saving messages and raising awareness about how teens can be safer drivers. You can also request a presentation at your school or in your community, by contacting Kelly Browning at (916)733-7432. Additionally, you can point students to http://www.facebook.com/impactteendrivers.
Impact Teen Drivers was launched in 2008 by CTA, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and Cal Casualty to share with teens the dangers of reckless and distracted driving through their effective campaigns online and in schools.