Driving While Intexticated


Last week, I came across a stat that made my stomach turn: Texting and driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers. At least 3,000 teens die each year from accidents caused by texting and driving, and another 300,000 are injured. That’s 11 young lives every day. A full 58 percent of teens aged 18 admitted to texting while driving. Think about that—if you knew that more one out of every two drivers you passed was drunk, would you ever get on the road again? And it’s not just teens, either: Almost a third of adults admit to texting and driving.

Check out this infographic, and stay tuned—we’ll be talking much more about this trend, and what you can do to help reverse it.

Texting and driving is now the leading cause of death among teenagers.

The Dangers of Drunk Driving

The Truth Brought to Life…..It is the most informative and visually appealing page we have seen about drunk driving dangers. It is such an important topic that needs more awareness brought to it.  The page is made available by teens4safety.com.  Check it Out!

Michigan bans cell phone use for young drivers

Teen drivers will have to put their cell phones away when they’re driving.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Kelsey’s Law Tuesday, which bans cell phone use for anyone while driving on a Level 1 or 2 graduated license in Michigan.
The new law is named for Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, who died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010.
Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, the governor’s office notes.

“This law means a lot to me, both as governor and as a parent of a young person who is learning to drive,” Snyder said in a statement. “I appreciate the efforts of Kelsey’s mother, Bonnie, and family who have worked tirelessly to get the message out about the dangers of distracted driving.”
Snyder signed the law with members of Raffaele’s family attending.
“We should be doing everything we can to make sure beginning drivers are focused on learning how to drive,” Snyder said. “I believe this law will help them gain that experience while reinforcing their responsibilities behind the wheel.”
The new law means police can pull teen drivers over and ticket them if they’re seen using a cell phone while driving.
Teen drivers won’t be punished for using a hands-free system integrated into the vehicle, or using cell phones to report emergencies.
The new law takes effect in late March. The legislation Snyder signed was Senate Bill 756.

National Teen Driving Safety Week begins TODAY!

Monday begins National Teen Driving Safety Week, and teen drivers are most likely to get into a crash in their first year of driving. That’s according to State Farm Insurance.
State Farm Insurance now also says that parents’ conversations with teens drop by about 50-percent after they get licenses.
“The two most dangerous things a parent can let a teen get into a car with them is another teen or a cell phone,” says Gary Stephenson with State Farm Insurance.
For Stephenson, cell phones can be the worst distraction young drivers face on the road.
“Teens, since they were four years old, they’ve had them. They’re growing up doing this, so it doesn’t look scary, it doesn’t look like a dangerous item,” says Stephenson.
If used behind the wheel, cell phones can be deadly. That’s something Stephenson wants parents to talk with their teens about.
“The worst thing a parent can do is stop talking to a child when he or she gets a license. Continue those conversations and that helps the changes of the teen continuing good practices,” says Stephenson.
State Farm Insurance suggests parents follow the three Cs: conduct- model the behavior you want your kids to follow in front of them, contract- make a written driving agreement with your child, and conversation- never stop talking to your teen about save driving.
“A teen driver can not possibly be as experienced or knowledgeable a driver that he or she is a 16 as they will be at 30 or 35. You cannot fast track experience, life experiences or know-how,” he says.
Stephenson also says Arkansas’ relatively new graduated license program for teens has saved dozens of lives since 2009.

Source:  http://m.fox16.com/display/574/story/c19e8068658e515aa9da16faa78eaa13


Teens Asked to Act Out Loud for Teen Safe Driving

NORTHBROOK, Ill.,  – The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) are calling on high schools and teens around the country to participate in the 2012-2013 Act Out Loud program and help teens engage their peers in a conversation on teen safe driving. High schools teams across the country can enter the contest at www.ActOutLoud.org to be eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

In its sixth year, AOL is a national, high school-based activism competition that enlists teens to raise local awareness about the importance of safe teen driving. This year, teens and their high schools are asked to host a teen safe driving rally in their communities, to raise awareness around the number one killer of teens – car crashes.

“Nearly 10 teens are killed each day on America’s roads and programs like Act Out Loud give teens the chance to take action to save lives,” said Victoria Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility with Allstate. “It’s our hope that by elevating the smart driving discussion in their hometown and reinforcing the importance of responsible driving among their peers, we can save lives.”

The winners of the contest will be announced in May 2013 as part Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM). Now in its seventh year, GYTSM engages youth from around the world in peer-to-peer education efforts to address safe teen driving. 

Six teams will win prizes for their Act Out Loud rallies. The grand prize winning school will be awarded with $10,000 to support their traffic safety projects at their high school.

“National Organizations for Youth Safety is honored to work with The Allstate Foundation.  We appreciate the leadership The Allstate Foundation has shown in encouraging and rewarding youth leaders who create Global Youth Traffic Safety Month projects in their communities,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director, NOYS.

To register and learn more about Act Out Loud, visit www.ActOutLoud.org.

About The Allstate Foundation Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About National Organizations for Youth Safety National Organizations for Youth Safety® (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations, business and industry leaders, and federal agencies who focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition membership, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors.  The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.  For more information, visit www.NOYS.org.

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Kyle Donash (847) 402-5600 kyle.donash@allstate.com

Hollywood’s Stars Pledge Not to Text and Drive

More Than Two Dozen of Hollywood’s Stars including George Lopez, Kat Graham, Jordin Sparks, Jonas Brothers and Diego Boneta Pledge Not to Text and Drive

The 6th annual Variety Power of Youth event, which took place Saturday, Sept. 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. was the perfect platform for Allstate’s XtheTXT campaign to encourage young drivers not to text and drive. During the event, Hollywood’s rising stars and others pledged not to text and drive by inking their thumbprints on a Ford Focus car wrapped with XtheTXT messaging and imagery.

Many young celebrities, including Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas; Kat Graham; Jordin Sparks; Christian Serratos; Diego Boneta and R.J. Mitte took the pledge not to text and drive. Also, sports and Hollywood legends, including George Lopez and Greg Louganis, took the pledge at the event held at Paramount Studios.

Through their activities, celebrities and event-goers spread the XtheTXT message to more than two million people on Twitter and thousands more on Facebook.

“The celebrities honored at the Variety Power of Youth event are inspiring young people to be responsible behind the wheel by putting the phone down,” said Joan Walker, executive vice president of corporate relations at Allstate. “We know that more than 3,000 lives are lost annually because of distracted driving. This simple promise can save thousands of lives.”

The following celebrities took the pledge to XtheTXT:

Hi-resolution photos, videos of celebrities and event-goers taking the XtheTXT pledge are available for download on the Allstate Newsroom and through Getty Images.

The Power of Youth campaign encourages young celebrities to become involved in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, using their positions in popular culture to motivate others to do the same.

To take the pledge and for more information about XtheTXT, visit facebook.com/XtheTXT

About Allstate The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.


Kyle Donash Kyle.Donash@allstate.com (847) 402-5600

4th of July Deadliest Day on US Roads

Teens make up 10% of day’s traffic deaths, AAA warns

Newser)  Independence Day is no time to forget about road safety, AAA warns. Today is the deadliest day of the year for American drivers, with an average 140 fatalities, and teenage drivers and their passengers account for nearly a tenth of those deaths, reports the Los Angeles Times. Road deaths in the US have dropped to their lowest level since 1949, but preliminary figures for last year show that the number of teens dying in car crashes has risen for the first time since 2003.                                                           

Traffic deaths surge on the 4th of July because schools and offices are shut and more people are on the road, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The institute’s study of car crashes between 2006 and 2010 ranked Sept. 26 as the second-deadliest day, with an average 129 fatalities, and Aug. 2 the third-deadliest, with an average 125 deaths. A higher proportion of road deaths are caused by drunk drivers on the 4th of July than on a typical day, the institute says. MADD found that 39% of fatal crashes on this day in 2010 involved a drunk driver, up from a normal average of 31%.

Source:   Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff                               

Distractions can come easy for teen drivers

With the technology boom over the past decade, it’s no confusion that cell phones and devices such as tablets present a major hurdle in the success of teen drivers. Items such as smart phones have become necessities for many people, most prominently with teenagers. This has made them one of the primary distractions when it comes to driving. Still, a number of other things can serve to increase risk with teen drivers.

According to a report this week, distractions can come from focus outside of driving. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a focused mind can easily distract drivers from the man dangers on the road.

These findings are especially crucial for teenagers, who often have a stake in a number of different things. If a teenage driver has other things on their mind, such as relationships, tests, or a recent fight with parents, it could play a role in distracting their ability to locate potential risks while driving. The ability to scan the roadway regularly plays a large role in the safety of a driver, thus the findings present what could be viewed as a major issue.

It has always generally been accepted that an extreme level of thought could have a direct impact on the awareness of a driver, however this research points out that the impact could come with lower levels of thought as well.

The findings from the MIT research team come at a telling point, as automakers and lawmakers are debating in Washington over other aspects of distracted driving. The subject of these debates has been over liability for cases of distracted driving. Lawmakers are pointing blame towards automakers for the continuing development of in car technology such as navigation and stereo equipment. The automakers are fighting back by saying that if their products are restricted, so should portable GPS devices and smart phones.

While arguments in Washington heat up concerning technology and its role in distracted driving, MIT’s research should bring to light what is often overlooked, especially for teenagers. Subjects for MIT’s research ranged in age from 20-69, but the findings certainly would affect teen drivers as well. They were tested with low, medium and high demand tasks such as reading numbers off while driving. For all three levels of demand, concentration on the road was somewhat subjected.

For teenagers, the research is quite telling. What it shows is that more than ever, there’s a need to inform young drivers of the importance of keeping focus on the road. Communicating this importance to teen drivers will only serve to prepare them for the road.

Submitted by: Brooke Kerwin

A video from AT&T about the dangers of distracted driving

Text messaging can wait. Learn about the dangers of texting and driving and read wireless safety guides for parents, teens and all drivers.

Click here to view the video…..

New Drivers Advice

Teens three times more likely to be in fatal auto accidents.

There have been a number of crashes lately involving teenage drivers. Statistics indicate that teens are involved in three times more fatal auto accidents than other drivers.

The scene always changes and we never know if there is danger around the next curve. It can be tough for experienced drivers and tougher yet on new drivers.

“It takes a driver about five years to become a seasoned driver,” says Bill Mulherin with the Health and Safety Council.

“The newer the driver, the less seasoned they are and the more susceptible they are to not recognizing hazards in time and becoming involved in collisions and this is something that develops over time and develops with practice.”

New drivers have said that it is a big transition going from driving with their parents to driving alone.

They are nervous….they need to make sure they leave enough space in front of them and other drivers and they should drive slow and not speed.

First time drivers say they were terrified the first time they drove on the road. One new driver said she was really scared because her dad took her on a narrow road and it kind of went through woods. It was really scary for her.
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She says the changing scene while driving can be a little intimidating. There are a lot of different distractions when you are driving. I never thought of half of them.

The classes teens can take are great, but nothing can beat experience. A student that has been driving for a year-and-a-half and noticed a big difference in her driving in that short time.

She says she is definitely more of a defensive driver. She makes an observation about what she sees from all directions, not just in front of her. She also checks behind her and to the sides just so she can see what’s going on.

Good advice for young drivers from young drivers.

So how can parents get a little peace of mind when their teen drivers take off in the family vehicle? Mulherin suggests a contract between parents and their teen drivers that helps monitor and reward good driving skills.

The best thing parents can do to properly teach a young driver is to set the tone themselves.

Most of the time they slide into the same errors that their parents have because that’s who they’re modeling, so parents, if you want your kids to drive safer than you, you need to model that behavior when you are in the car with them.

Source: http://www.wowt.com

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