Teen contest aims to reduce risk of North Carolina car accidents caused by distracted driving

Several national safety organizations are inviting teenagers to submit public-service announcements warning other young drivers of the dangers of distraction behind the wheel.

Our personal injury lawyers in Asheville and elsewhere understand the risk of distracted driving — particularly when it comes to teens. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 16 percent of all fatal crashes are caused by distraction and teenagers are most likely to take their eyes off the road while behind the wheel.
“A quarter of all teens admit to texting behind the wheel and, in 2009, the highest proportion of distracted drivers in fatal crashes was under the age of 20,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We know we have to engage teens in order to put an end to distracted driving. With their help, we can educate teens and adults about making smarter choices that will save lives.”

The “JST DRV” content is being sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation and National Student Safety Program. Teens ages 14 to 18 are invited to submit a 15- or 30-second radio commercial. The winning announcement will be broadcast nationwide during National Youth Traffic Safety Month in May.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Honolulu for the NSSP national youth conference this summer. Three runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship and a Bluetooth device.

Contest deadline is March 25. Those wanting more information can visit www.nrsf.org or www.adtsea.org/nssp.

“The JST DRV Radio PSA Contest hopes to engage young people in communicating important messages about distracted driving in their own voice,” said Michelle Anderson, operations director of the National Road Safety Foundation.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our personal injury lawyers in Greensboro, Charlotte or Asheville. Call Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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