“Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks” Campaign Aims to Stop Young People from Texting and Driving

Put down the cell phone!  That’s the message of the “Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks” campaign aimed at young people who text and drive.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Office of the Attorneys General, and the Ad Council have joined forces to call attention to a disturbing trend that sees nearly half a million young people injured or killed in distracted driving accidents every year.  The campaign’s website offers facts (“A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than a texting driver”), videos (like the one below entitled “Stairs”) and tips (Turn cell phone notifications off.  Or let someone else in the car text for you).  State Farm Insurance says that last tip is being embraced by more and more teen drivers who are choosing to appoint a “designated texter”.   The campaign’s also open to more ideas, and offers steps to help you become a “Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks” advocate.  Visit the “Stop the Texts” Facebook page for more information.

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