By: Shelby Bailey, YSB Diversion Specialist and
Gina Johnson, YSB Chemical Health Prevention Specialist
Whether digging for your phone that fell between the seats, changing the radio station, or eating breakfast on your way to work, at some point in time, almost all of us have been guilty for distracted driving.
“Distracted driving” includes: anytime your mind and eyes are not on the road.
According to TeenSafe, 25% of motor vehicle crash fatalities are due to distracted driving and is responsible for 58% of crashes involving teens. TeenSafe also reports that teens ages 16-19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than any other age group.
With teens being at such a high risk while driving, it’s important to understand what it is they are distracted by and how we can encourage them to make the pledge to drive safe: