Daniel Gallatin lost his life in New Castle, Pennsylvania in May 2013 when a 43 year old woman slammed her SUV into the back of his motorcycle and dragged him for 100 feet. A police investigation determined that the driver of the SUV was texting while driving and failed to see Daniel in front of her.
Many drivers react to their phones behind the wheel without fear of the possible texting and driving consequences they face. They face legal trouble, financial stress, community embarrassment, and of course the risk of death. The combination of these should be enough to keep anyone from texting and driving. But now, as of July 23, using your phone AT ALL while driving is illegal in the state of Washington, and will result in harsher consequences.
Maybe you’ve already read statistics on the 100 deadliest days of summer, but there’s more that you need to know! And more importantly, more that you can do to protect yourself!
The statistics are alarming and tragic for the time-frame of Memorial Day to Labor Day. This period is historically known as the ‘100 deadliest days’ of driving for teens. This year, AAA reports that the number of teen drivers involved in fatal collisions is up 10% overall. And specifically in the summer months is increased by 26% compared to other months of the year.
A wise man (Henry David Thoreau) once said, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” While this is true, it can be helpful (especially for young, habit-forming minds) to get something along the way to encourage a positive reaction to what they might become. For instance, while becoming a safe driver is the ultimate goal, it might not seem that important or desirable to your teen. But what if they’re getting paid to do it?!?
RT @SaveALifeTour1: Interesting read. Could you have guessed which generation is the biggest culprit for distracted driving? https://t.co…
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RT @Safe_Roads: RT end_dd: RT PA4Justice: This morning PAJ member & co-founder of end_dd , Joel Feldman, gave a presentation to students at…
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RT @FonvielleM: We are excited to sponsor the Tallahassee/Thomasville $5000 Safe Driving Scholarship @motovateapp @textninjahq https://t.co…
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Does the person you love need a little 'motovation' to put down their phone while driving? #BeMine… https://t.co/QhlxL43Y9a
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