W82txt (Wait to Text) is a community awareness campaign to encourage drivers not to text while behind the wheel.
Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. FACT… the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, “Drivers who text are six times more likely to cause an accident than intoxicated drivers”. This scary statistic is perhaps because when texting the driver’s capacity to steer decreases 91%.
By taking this pledge, you vow to never text while driving!
Take the pledge and W82txt
- I PLEDGE TO NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE.
- I PLEDGE TO PUT MY PHONE DOWN WHILE IN THE CAR.
- I PLEDGE TO NEVER DRIVE DISTRACTED. IT’S NOT WORTH DYING FOR.
Distracted Driving Facts:
- Texting while driving increases the risk of accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving.
- In the moments before an accident, drivers spend almost 5 seconds looking at their phones, which is enough time to cover more than the length of a football field going normal highway speeds.
- Though 95 percent of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, at least 21 percent admit to doing it anyway.
- Teen drivers are approximately 50 percent more likely to crash in the first month of having their license than they are after a full year of driving experience.
- Young drivers while making up only 6.4 percent of licensed drivers are involved in 12.9 percent of all crashes.
- Once a teen gains experience, crashes decline in number and severity.
Suggestions To Assist Teen Drivers in Transitioning From Supervised To Unsupervised Driving:
- Practice – Even after teens have a license, parents and teens should continue to practice together to ensure that basic skills are mastered and introduce the teen to varied driving conditions like heavy and rural traffic.
- Limit passengers – Teen drivers’ crash risks multiply with the number of teenage passengers in the vehicle.
- Limit Night Driving – Reduced visibility makes night driving riskier for inexperienced teens.
- Set Rules – Parents can and should set and enforce rules above and beyond specific state laws. This includes limits on driving at night, in bad weather or other conditions that are tough on drivers with limited experience.
- Set limitations and restrictions regarding your child traveling with other teens. The exposure applies to other teen drivers in which your child may be a passenger.