When you think of distracted driving, you may think of using your phone or fiddling with the radio. While those are distractions, the fast paced world we live in has temptations for many other distractions as well. With more demands on our time, some try to use their commuter time for activities such as eating and drinking, grooming, tuning in your navigation system or texting. When it comes right down to it, distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes off the road. Taking your eyes off the road for just 5 seconds traveling at 55 miles per hour equals traveling the length of a football field. When you pay attention to the road you have a much better chance of avoiding problems in traffic. If something falls off of a truck, blows into your lane, or if there is a stalled vehicle or other obstruction, you may be able to react in time if you are not distracted. If you tend to find yourself trying to multi-task on the road, give yourself a few minutes before you drive to take care of texts or phone calls, set your navigation, or anything that would distract you. Focus on the road and remember that by paying attention, you have a better chance of avoiding a dangerous situation. Parents, remember that our children learn by example. So if you have any bad habits that distract you while driving, there’s a good chance they will be the same way behind the wheel when they are old enough to drive. And if you tend to drive distracted and think that you’re a good driver and nothing will ever happen, now might be a good time to stop testing your luck because we don’t want to see you injured or cause an accident. Luck always runs out but being focused and paying attention yield far more positive results.
Drive Distracted, Lives Impacted Program
When a group of teens was asked in 2017 about the importance of returning a text message, almost all of the teens surveyed said that they feel they must respond within five minutes. When asked if that applied even if they were driving, those teens responded that it did. It is estimated that a teen who is texting while driving is 400 percent more likely to get into an accident. And four out of every 10 teens say they have been in a car where the teenage driver was texting.
In the age group of 13 to 24 years old, 76 percent of people admit to being addicted to their Internet-connected device. All of these statistics add up to dangerous conditions on the roads. It is dangerous for teenagers and anyone else who happens to be near a teen who is driving and texting.
At William Mattar, we are well aware of these facts as we are reminded of them every day. It is common to have parents of a teenager who was injured in a car accident come in our office. We have decided that there is something we can do with all of that information that we gather. That is where our initiative to talk to school children about the dangers of texting and driving.
Why the Schools?
Research has been shown that when schools take a direct interest in improving the lives of their students, positive results are found. When a school has an anti-drug campaign, there is evidence to show that those programs do help reduce drug use. School-endorsed programs aimed at reducing drop-out rates and encouraging reading have also been shown to be effective at getting positive results.
Children learn a lot at school. School is often the first structured part of society that children experience. The interactions at every level have an influence on kids for their entire lives. These interactions happen both in the out of the classroom.
When we present information about distracted driving, it can change the way teens think about the subject. Our goal is to get teens to think about the consequences of their actions. We even aim to get teens to think so much about distracted driving that peer pressure starts to convince teens that distracted driving is a bad idea.
What Content is in the Program?
We have found that teens listen more closely to what is being said when we address them in an adult manner. Our program is not a shock treatment that tries to scare teens into understanding the dangers of distracted driving. We appeal directly to the teens in your school and give them information that will make them think. Our goal is to provide the kind of information that causes teens to start talking seriously about distracted driving and its dangers.
Our experienced attorneys know how to reach an audience of teens with important information. They are also able to give real answers to important questions. If you get teens to think hard enough about a subject, then they will start asking those important questions. Our experience in this subject makes us uniquely qualified to answer those questions in ways that teens will understand.
Why Should I Bring Your Program to my School?
At William Mattar, our truck injury attorneys feel that distracted driving is one of the most important issues facing teens. We believe it is imperative to teach them good habits to cling to and information that will help them to make the right decisions, especially when someone is just learning how to drive.
Our team’s ability to talk from a position of experience means that we have a lot to offer teens when it comes to good driving habits. We want the opportunity to give teens this important information at this critical point in their development as people. Helping teens to become responsible adults is a very good idea.
School is where parents expect children to get the information they need to grow into good people. By offering this kind of critically important information, a school can become a resource for its teen students. It is an important step in a child’s development for parents.
We encourage you to fill out the form on our website to bring our distracted driving program to your school. Our team will interact directly with your teen students and give your teens critically important information to consider. School is the kind of place where teens often learn to make good decisions. The William Mattar distracted driving program is just one more way your school can help your teens to make life-saving decisions for themselves and other drivers.