The NHTSA News PSAs Ask “How Will You Stop Texting and Driving?”

I know this seems to be a topic that is talked about everyday, but that obviously means it’s very prevalent. Earlier this month, we discussed the dangers of parents’ influence on their children learning to drive, and the Southtowne General Motors Store strongly urged parents out there to set a good example by not using their cell phones while driving or while teaching their children to drive.

Think about it this way… those of us veteran drivers out there actually remember a time before being distracted by driving, but if new teen drivers start out by texting while driving, they’ll never know anything different. According to an article from Consumer Reports, teen drivers are already four times more likely than any other age group to be involved in an automobile accident, and texting increases the crash rate up to 23 times. Twenty-three times!

Organizations, wireless providers and auto manufacturers all over the world are working around the clock to develop new technologies that will help lower the amount of accidents and deaths caused by texting while driving. The most recent campaign comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the state Attorneys General called “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” Together, they have released three public service announcements aimed at teens showing the possible consequences of texting while driving.

This first video shows a teen becoming distracted by a text message alert. At first, she hesitates to respond, but then caves and picks up her phone to respond. Since she’s not looking at the road, she doesn’t see the stop sign at the intersection ahead of her and crashes.

The next two PSAs both start off by making light of people who try to walk and text at the same time. In the end, it switches to teens texting behind the wheel and crashing into pedestrians.

If you have teens behind the wheel of cars in Atlanta, have them watch these new PSAs and remember to remind them of the importance of not texting or doing any other activity while behind the wheel. Set a good example Newnan parents, and be sure to follow your own advice!

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