Last week, we wrote about the safety efforts of the It Can Wait campaign, which is urging everyone to pledge to never text and drive and to ask others to do the same.
Today, we want to thank the young safety advocates who attended the 2013 National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit.
In addition to those who came to Washington, DC, for Friday's summit, we're also grateful to the NOYS advocates who couldn't make the trip but who work year-round in their schools and communities to promote safe driving.
These students have chosen to become part of the solution and do what they can to end the epidemic of distracted driving. Their commitment to help protect their friends and loved ones and to help make roads safer for everyone is going to make a world of difference in their cities and towns.
We’d also like to thank NOYS for providing an invaluable forum for young people to listen, learn, and share ideas that will promote safe driving. Thanks to the support of NOYS and its sponsors, students across the country are working hard to help their peers learn that texting or web surfing shouldn’t happen while you’re behind the wheel
In total, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, and an additional 387,000 people were injured.
The numbers are particularly tragic among young drivers. Roughly one-in-10 of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.
As peers, the efforts of the young NOYS members are going to be essential to reaching those young drivers and potentially saving hundreds of lives every year.
Deaths and injuries from distracted driving are 100 percent preventable--you just put your device away when you climb behind the wheel.
Going well beyond not being part of the problem, the students of NOYS are taking it upon themselves to be part of the solution.
We’re confident that these young activists will make a tremendous difference when they take what they’ve learned at the summit and turn it into action that resonates with their friends and classmates back home. We’re proud of what they’re doing for their generation and for the nation, and we wish them great success.