Because car accidents are the leading killer of teenagers, and because teenagers like to send text messages, it is critical to teenagers’ safety that they learn about the dangers of texting while driving. With this mission, SafeAmerica Foundation held its eighth-annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
Teenagers and their parents throughout metro Atlanta attended this all-day seminar that included a re-enactment of a Georgia car accident as a result of a teen texting while driving. This example showed teenagers firsthand the reality of distracted driving. In addition to the distracted driving crash re-enactment, teenagers were presented with a range of driving safety-related topics
Parents were invited because research shows that teenagers whose parents are more involved in their driving habits are 30% less likely to drive using a cell phone, 70% less likely to drive while intoxicated, twice as likely to drive using seat belts, and half as likely to speed, according to data from the 2011 National Young Driver Survey.
This event featured 2010 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate and ‘The Voice’ contestant Phillip ‘Pip’ Andrew Arnold. “Since high school, the number of times I’ve heard about friends or people I know getting severely injured or killed in car accidents has just been so alarming,” said Andrew Arnold, who wanted to help make teens aware of the dangers of texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving.
About 10,000 teens and parents have attended the event over the years.
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