When it comes to distracted driving, few drivers understand the risks. As a result, few act accordingly, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger.
Recently, reports showed that a deadly distracted driving crash has prompted a group of anti-distracted driving advocates to launch a campaign. This campaign will help others by raising awareness to the practice. And by doing that, the campaign will help to honor the memory of the victim, helping others to keep roads safe.
According to a series of news reports, the teen who died due to a distracted driving accident in 2009 is being remembered by several students. The campaign is associated with the End Distracted Driving group, which was founded by the victim’s father. The group has launched a contest, and all students enrolled in schools affiliated with the Students Against Destructive Decisions will be able to participate.
To be part of the campaign, students will be asked to produce a video or a meme for the chance of winning a $5,000 prize. One winner in each category will be picked. And concert tickets will also be included in the prizes. Videos produced by the students will have to be under 1 minute and they must meet the official criteria, revolving around the following themes: “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted,” “It Is Not Cool To Drive Distracted,” “Distracted Driving is Selfish Driving.”
The father of the 2009 distracted driving crash victim says that the goal is to make distracted driving just as unacceptable socially as drunken driving. This attitude will help drivers to avoid taking part in the activity over time. That’s why he has been speaking to high schools and students across the country. In order to make people aware of the risks they are exposing others and themselves to, he uses his voice and experience with the subject to raise awareness. With this contest, more teens will be dedicating themselves to the task of raising awareness, learning an important lesson in the process.
We celebrate this type of activity, urging others to do more to help drivers avoid distracted driving accidents.
If you’re a driver and you’re concerned about your safety, remember that distracted driving leads to crashes. Just like drunken and drowsy driving. And if you’re a parent, lead by example by never using your phone while behind the wheel. Also, make sure to talk to your child about the importance of driving safely and responsibly.