“OMG.” It’s not just some of the new lingo that teens use when they’re text messaging, but it’s the name of a new campaign that is sponsored by the U.S Department of Transportation to help stop teens from texting behind the wheel.
Teens text while driving more than any other age group of drivers and are at the highest risks for a distraction-related car accident in Montgomery and elsewhere, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a matter of fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the country. Car accidents take more lives than all illegal drugs combined.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office is joining the fight against dangerous teen drivers, too. It recently held the city’s annual teen driving summit, which took place this year at the Gardendale Civic Center, according to Alabama’s 13. During the summit, the school resource division debuted a new high-tech tool to help keep teen drivers safe. The new tool is an interactive computer program called “drive-square.” The driving simulator illustrates just how dangerous texting and driving is and what the consequences can be.
Our Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving in the state of Alabama, according to the Governors Highway safety Association. Unfortunately, these young drivers don’t always abide by this law and still make phone calls and text behind the wheel. We urge parents and young drivers to view the newly released PSA campaign as it will air nationwide on gas station pump-top screens that are owned by Outcast PumpTop TV.
“Teen drivers are particularly vulnerable to distracted driving, which is why we are making an extra effort to ensure they understand the dangers,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Young drivers can also see this video at Regal Cinemas and on the Distraction.gov wesbite, in addition to gas pump screens across the nation. Through these mediums, the USDOT believes it can reach teens nationwide to truly raise awareness about the danger of texting at the wheel and the importance of focusing on driving only. Putting down the cell phones can help to save lives.
The holiday season is here and teenage drivers are ready to get some time off of school and head out on holiday vacations to see friends and family members. The new PSAs use popular text message phrases, including “L8R” and “LOL,” to communicate with these hip drivers. The PSAs will be shown on nearly 7,000 movie screens in more than 535 theaters and at roughly 12,000 gas pumps around the country.
Greg Dunn, the President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group, says they he and his company hope that these PSAs can make a difference in the driving habits of teenagers and encourage them to pay attention to the roadways during the busy holiday travel season.
If you or your teen driver has been injured in an Alabama car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-866-942-9315 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.
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