Texting While Driving: It Can Wait

This webinar addresses the topic of teens and distracted driving, exploring ways to engage and empower youth to be peer educators on this critically important issue. Approximately 24% of all crashes (1.2 million) are estimated to be caused by cell phone use while driving (National Safety Council, 2012). Distracted driving was responsible for 18% of injury crashes in 2010. Teens and young adults are at a particularly high risk for distracted driving. A 2010 Pew Internet & American Life Project study reports that 26% of 16-17 year old teens have texted while driving. Cell phone use while driving is even higher among teens. Presenters from the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS), AT&T, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and a survivor of distracted driving will explore ways to engage and empower youth to be peer educators on this very important issue.

References & Resources: 

Driver Electronic Device Use in 2011, increases in percentages of drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating hand-held devices while driving. Published April 2013.
Mobile Device Use While Driving United States and Seven European Countries, 2011, the morbidity and mortality numbers for 2011.
Community Engagement Guide, has been developed for the national Teen Distracted Driving initiative.
The Last Text, created by AT&T to address Teen Distracted Driving.
Community Viewing Guide Toolkit, developed to accompany The Last Text documentary.

Author(s), Presenter(s): 
Spavone, S., Brands, A., Craig, W., Warrell, N., and Reynolds, E.
Year published or updated: 
2012