Speak Up About Distracted Driving

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Speak Up Or Else, a website devoted to informing teen drivers about safe driving, does so with humor and celebrity appearances. Play the clip to view one of the offerings. 

Here are a few facts from Speak Up Or Else about teen driving habits. 

• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. (NHTSA)

• Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes. (NHTSA)

• Eight in ten teens say that if a friend told them their driving behavior made their friend feel uncomfortable, they would listen. (Ad Council)

• Nearly 70 percent of teens say they have a lot or some influence to stop their friends from driving recklessly when they are a passenger. (Ad Council)

• Three in ten teens say that in the past six months they have been in a situation when their own driving behavior put them at risk. (Ad Council)

• In 2006, 39 percent of male drivers 15 to 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were speeding. (NHTSA)

• Sixty-two percent of high school drivers say they talk on a cell phone while driving and 24 percent say that talking on a cell phone is safe. (SADD/Liberty Mutual study)

• In 2006, 65 percent of teens involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained. (Source: AAA)

• Crash rates increase drastically for 16 and 17-year-old drivers with every additional passenger in the car. (AAA)

• One out of every five licensed 16-year-old drivers will be in a vehicle crash. (IIHS)

• In 2003, about 44 percent of all teen deaths were attributed to vehicle crashes - more than triple the number of teen suicides and more than double the number of teen homicide victims. (NHTSA)

• Sixteen to 24 year olds are 63 percent more likely to be involved in a SUV rollover than other drivers. (NHTSA)

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Teens are a difficult lot no doubt, but if advised sensibly (not forcibly), they listen. Talking on mobile phone while driving has become the biggest "travelling evil" (I coined this term for several reasons) in recent years. Driving while being intoxicated has been overshadowed by this new travelling evil that claims several precious lives every year in the United States alone. Police patrol function should not be just limited to keeping an eye on hard criminals, it can really help put an end to such irresponsible behavior (like using phone, reckless driving). High fines work fine in some countries, such as Dubai.

If you love your life, avoid being distracted while riding your car because driving while being distracted either by cell phones or internet is a non-phenomenal accident and can kill your life in just a blink of your eye. Thank you for reminding us of practicing safe driving and calling our attention to discipline ourselves while hitting the road. I believe that a well-disciplined driver knows how to value his/her life and the life of others. Read more..