Monday, December 21, 2009

Keep our families safe- have your teen take the pledge to not text and drive

In general, I don't drive very often. But when I do, I'm frequently terrified by the things I see going on in cars around me. It's amazing what people think of as good things to do while driving down the road at 70 miles per hour. One of the scariest things to see is someone texting while driving. Teenagers in particular are known to text and drive- and a recent study by Virginia Tech's Transportation Institute showed that texting while driving can increase the risk of an accident 23 times. That's a horrifying statistic.

If you are one who texts while driving, or if you have a teen in your life, go to this website:  and take the pledge to stop this risky behavior. For every person who takes the pledge, Allstate will donate $1 to the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) – a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health – for safe teen driving programs. You can also download the pledge here and also get more resources for talking to your teenager about safe driving.