Texting Car

TIP OF THE WEEK

For parents, be an example. Don’t send the wrong message by texting while you drive. Your teen will follow your example.

FACTS

According to traffic report statistics from 2011-2013, distracted driving is the #1 cause of fatalities and serious injuries in Franklin County.

In Benton County, nearly 30% of fatalities and 15% of serious injuries are attributed to distracted driving.

Take the Pledge-Don't Text and Drive

2011-2013
Accidents attributed to Distracted Driving

Franklin County 8 Fatalities  (57% of all fatal accidents)
                         13 Serious Injuries (19% of all serious injury accidents)

2011-2013
Accidents attributed to Distracted Driving

Benton County 11 Fatalities  (29% of all fatal accidents)
                        19 Serious Injuries (15% of all serious injury accidents)

Source: Benton-Franklin Traffic Safety Task Force

 

Don't Text and Drive Tips

-Pick a “designated texter” for the trip. You drive and have a passenger write or answer texts for you if that message just has to be responded to right now.

-When you are driving, keep your phone out of reach. Put it in the back seat, even in the trunk so you are not tempted to reach for it while you are driving.

-Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you’ll be to respond while you’re driving.

Here's some links with information on Texting and Driving-

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/texting-while-driving

http://www.drivinglaws.org/washington.php

http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats/

http://www.distraction.gov/

http://www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org/#home

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