EUSTIS — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from Oct. 14-20, 2012. This year’s campaign, entitled “Drive by the Rules - Keep the Privilege,” is focused on reminding teens of highway safety laws, encouraging safe driving practices, and helping inform parents and friends of ways they can help their teens drive safer.
“All drivers can be distracted by cell phones, adjusting the radio, or using a navigation system,” said Sgt. Thomas McKane, Chairman of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST). “Unfortunately, it is our most inexperienced drivers—teens—who are the most likely to put themselves and others in harms-way by driving distracted.”
In order to help prevent distracted driving, the Lake County CTST is encouraging teens and adults to take and keep the distracted driving pledge at www.distraction.gov.
“Friends and families should be part of the solution,” said McKane. “It is important for parents to set a good example, to create and enforce driving rules with consequences at home, and to make sure to not call, text or email their teen when they might be on the road.”
According to the NHTSA, texting while driving takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds—the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 miles per hour. Moreover, driving while using a cell phone may reduce the amount of brain activity associated with driving by up to 37 percent.
“While all distractions are dangerous, text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted,” said McKane.
For more information about teen driving safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov, www.distraction.gov or www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. For information about the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call 352-483-9048.