- 71% of teens and young people say they have composed and/or sent SMS while driving (Source: www.NHTSA.gov)
- 78% of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving (Source:www.NHTSA.gov)
Distracted driving places the driver, passengers and bystanders in peril of injury. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes.
Summer vacation season is a good time to remember that safe driving practices are essential. Families can take a pledge to end distracted driving, to take the pledge, click here.
Volkswagens “ Eye on the Road Ad” is a must see for both teens and parents alike.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHixeIr_6BM]
Author: George A. Pester, CIC, Vice President, Personal Insurance