OKEECHOBEE — In April, State Farm released the results of a survey examining distracted driving. It revealed that drivers are still texting, speeding, looking at social media, grooming, gaming and taking selfies while behind the wheel. Nine out of 10 drivers said they engaged in distracted driving behaviors while driving.
Oct. 17-23 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths. State Farm agents often see the results of distracted driving and the consequences of this behavior among our teens. Unfortunately, we all know of someone who has been impacted by a distracted driver.
The bottom line is that auto crashes are the #1 killer of teens! According to the survey, younger drivers were significantly more likely to exhibit other risky behaviors while driving, including speeding, driving drowsy, failing to use turn signals, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All drivers need to start taking personal responsibility for the safety of themselves and others by making positive choices behind the wheel.
Distracted driving and crashes are preventable! That message should be the new normal.
Parents of teens should be good driving role models. Here are some unique Public Service Announcements (PSA) created by the Florida Teen Safe Driving coalition and State Farm in which teens educate their parents on the dangers of distracted driving.
These videos can help educated teens:
That new social media trend.. Wait until you’re safely parked! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_H7Fg5q8S8
Don’t get wrecked! Drive safe. Obey posted speed limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV0HBZ4Spgg
Mom and Dad.. Put the Phone Away! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ftlI_7e1c8
Dad, what is this? Distracted driving is just as bad as drunk driving! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvpFo7jUqwI
Vaping and driving is distracted driving! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV0HBZ4Spgg