Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 8:18 pm
Reckless and distracted driving by Sacramento teens is targeted by the California Office of Traffic Safety
The most deadly impact to teen drivers is reckless and distracted driving. Teens can learn that this number one killer is preventable as long as they make good choices when it comes to driving.
Sacramento area drivers are becoming more and more aware that texting, applying make-up, eating and other distractive behaviors, while they are behind the wheel, can kill people. It has been shown that almost 99% of drivers think that driving and texting are hazardous. But oddly enough these same drivers admit to doing these bad habits over 70% of the time. It is quite alarming how many still think that it will not happen to me.
Young drivers tend to not fully understand the ramifications of their actions and the possible deadly outcomes that could result from these actions. Research has show that cognitive distractions while driving are far more dangerous than other distractions. We all think that we can handle doing multiple tasks while driving but our brains just are not wired to do this. All it takes is one split second for the distraction to result in a deadly outcome.
Teens shown how to practice safe driving habits
There are many ways to teach teen drivers about the hazards of distracted driving. Impact Teem Drivers has a program called What Do You Consider Lethal? where teens are shown how to practice safe driving habits and get the word out to their friends. An important part of the program teaches parents to set a good example themselves so our teens can learn by the actions of the adults they trust.
Law agencies statewide are stressing that we need more education coupled with traffic law enforcement to drive home the importance of not driving recklessly or distracted. They stress that the public needs to make distracted driving socially unacceptable, similar to the stigmatism attached to DUI. All cases of distracted or reckless driving deaths are completely avoidable. We all should reminded ourselves daily that a simple text while driving could kill someone.
The Sacramento car accident attorneys at the Tiemann Law Firm are spreading the word about the dangers of distracted and reckless driving. If you would like more information about how to protect yourself if you are injured by a distracted driver contact us today.
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