We post frequently on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog about the dangers teen drivers face on roadways, as well as programs, contests and incentives offered by organizations in order increase teen awareness about distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence.
Teens are at a high risk of car accidents in North Carolina — especially during the upcoming prom and graduation season.
Charlotte injury lawyers are the first to applaud organizations who host events and contests because awareness is the first step in curbing the bad behavior. Teens who learn about the risks involved, and who see first-hand what can happen, tend to talk to other teens.
Peer pressure can have a positive effect in reducing the number of teens practicing bad behaviors when they are behind the wheel.
The National Safety Council and safety advocate group FocusDriven recently teamed up to promote the “On the Road, Off the Phone” public service announcement contest for teens and adults throughout the United States. The contest, sponsored by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., encouraged wannabe filmmakers to make a short video about the dangers of talking on a cell phone while driving.
The winners of the contest have been announced. First place went to a young driver from Tennessee with a video called “Your Phone Can Wait”. Her video won because it illustrated cognitive distraction and inattention blindness accurately, two concepts that are not easily portrayed.
A father-son duo from Illinois were awarded second place for their video “You Wouldn’t…” which illustrates the things you shouldn’t do while driving like eating, grooming, and answering your cell phone. Third place was awarded for the video created by a company in Virginia. The video called “Please Don’t” illustrates a mom talking on her hands-free headset, who then must deal with the aftermath of a crash that killed her daughter.
Monetary prizes of $2,000, $1,000, and $500 were awarded to first, second and third place finishers respectively. The videos can be viewed at nsc.org/PSAcontest.
The two non-profit groups have made a valiant effort recently in advocating against cell phone use and distracted driving. Together they worked in launching the first ever distracted driving awareness month during April as we recently posted on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog.
Cell phones continue to be the highest form of distraction while driving causing a high percentage of crashes on our North Carolina roadways. Turn off your phone while you drive or it could be the last conversation you ever have.
If you or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in a distracted driving car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the car accident lawyers in Asheville, Hickory, Spartanburg or Anderson for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 today.