Lead Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, officials around the United States are cracking down on teens who text while drive with a new awareness campaign. Why? Because according to current statistics, you are 23 times more likely to have a car accident while texting than if you are not.
The month of May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and this year, May 1 was also the inaugural Stop the Texts Day. On that day, a partnership that includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the attorneys general from each state, the Ad Council, and various consumer protection agencies, a new campaign featuring public services announcements from such people as NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne went live.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is the top killer of American teenagers. In 2010, the last year for which complete data exists, more than 3,000 people were killed and 416,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving, including texting while driving.
The goal of Stop the Texts Day was to spread the message: “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.”