When you think of driving, what words, ideas, or phrases come to mind? fun convenient expensive cars Luxury? Danger? friends responsibility
Quiz yourself 1. About how many teenagers in America die every day from car crashes? a. 4-5 b. 7-9 c. 10-14 d. 18-29 2. Teenagers are more likely to get into crashes when: They are new drivers They are driving with teenage passengers They are speeding D. All of the above. 3. What is the leading cause of death of teens in America?
Quiz yourself 4. What percentage of teen car accidents are the result of alcohol? a. 10 b. 15 c. 25 d. 65 5. What percentage of all drivers are teens? a. 3% b. 7% c. 14% d. 20% 6. Teens participate in about _____ % of America’s fatal crashes. a. 3% b. 7% c. 13% d. 20%
11 deaths each day combines to over 4000 fatalities each year And many are PREVENTABLE!
The crash rate for 16-year-olds is 3.7 times higher than drivers of all ages. WHY?
Inexperience combined with Distracted Driving Identify some common distractions
Messing with the radio Eating while driving Talking on cell phone Texting Speeding Too many friends in the car with you Just not paying enough attention
Who is most at risk? Among teen drivers, those at especially high risk for motor vehicle crashes are: Males: Teenage males are twice as likely to get into a fatal crash than teenage females. (they tend to drive faster and more aggressively)
Teens driving with teen passengers: The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of teen drivers. The more friends in your car, the more likely you are to get in an accident. Newly licensed teens: Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive. (this is why many states have adopted a graduated licensing process)
Video clipsAddressing the 3 largest distractions for teens: Cell phones. Friends. Speed
Cause and EFFECT, EFFECT, EFFECT, EFFECT… Who is affected by your choice?
CELL PHONES Anything that takes your MIND off driving, HANDS off the wheel, or EYES off the road is a distraction. Drivers using a cell phone are 4-23 times more likely to cause a crash. (4= talking; 23= texting) 3. The impairment caused by texting while driving is equal to that of someone with a .08 percent blood alcohol level. 4. Texting drivers spend up to 10% of their time outside of their lane.
CELL PHONES Your actions lead to very real consequences 2. One small decision can have a big impact 3. Put your phone in the back seat, turn it off, have a “designated texter”, or download software that deactivates your phone while in motion
Cell phones and Driving: Laws Individual State's cell phone laws: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html 30 states outlaw text messages while driving; 8 outlaw talking without a hands-free device. 28 states ban all cell phone use by novice drivers.
FRIENDS Adolescents need acceptance among their peers. Influence is called peer pressure – it can be positive or negative. Making a decision while facing peer pressure is even more challenging. 3. Extra passengers often result in teens driving more aggressively and can have serious consequences.
SPEEDING The most common cause for a crash is unsafe speed. The human brain doesn’t fully mature in its ability to recognize cause and effect/consequences until age 25. 3. Think about some of the choices you make everyday; do you have thoughts of being invincible?
Ask yourself – What could you lose?
Think: How big of a problem is distracted driving at your school? Think: Which dangerous behaviors are you guilty of? Call to Action: What can you do to abate (lessen, diminish the intensity of) the occurrence of this avoidable trend?