TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – At any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile. Join Florida State Basketball coach Leonard Hamilton in reducing the number of wrecks on all roads around the country.Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Fortunately, many teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road. Did you know — 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
Teens who text while driving spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane. Approximately 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving.
“Our desire is to make everyone, particularly students, in every community aware of the dangers of texting and driving,” said Hamilton. “It’s astonishing that 11 teenagers die every day because of their ill-advised use cell phones while driving. Making drivers aware the dangers of driving while texting can absolutely decrease the number of avoidable accidents and keep people safer on roads across the United States.”
Help make a difference by pledging your intention to not text and drive. Together, we can all be more aware and prevent wrecks.
“The Don’t Text … Stop Wrecks is an initiative that I am very passionate about,” said All-American guard Dwayne Bacon. “We all need to be aware when we are on the road and in our cars – we can all help save lives.”
Join the movement – pledge your support at donttextstopwrecks.com – and begin helping save lives now.