Did You Know?
Texting while driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. In fact, the U.S. has the greatest number of drivers who admit to texting while driving of any highly developed country, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011. Other things you may not know about texting and driving include:
- According to a 2013 study published in the journal Pediatrics, around half of high school students aged 16 and older reported texting and driving within 30 days of the study.
- A 2013 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study showed that tasks associated with using mobile devices increased the risk of being in an accident by 300 percent.
- Driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, according to a study conducted at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Other studies put this number even higher.
- According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five motor vehicle crashes involves driver distraction, with cell phone use and texting being the most common sources of distraction.
- Texas does not prohibit texting while driving except among teenagers. However, some Texas cities have prohibited TWD by all drivers, according to a story in the Texas Tribune.
Not convinced that texting while driving is dangerous? Check out the It Can Wait Campaign's texting-while-driving simulator.
You can stop this. You can save a life. All you have to do is put down your phone while you're behind the wheel. Focus on driving. Focus on keeping yourself, your passengers and those you share the road with safe, with one less distracted driver out there. Focus on a Text Free Texas.
2015 Text Free Texas Scholarship Program Offered At Three High Schools
Submit Your Pledge
During April of 2015, students of driving age at the following area high schools may enter the contest:
- Westside High School
- Carnegie Vanguard High School
- Hope Academy Charter
The three students, one at each high school, who best explain why they will not text and drive will receive the 2015 award, a $350 scholarship.
2014 Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest Winners
The 2014 winners of the Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend scholarship were:
- Ortwin - Waltrip High School
- Tyler - El Campo High School
- Bryce - Eastwood Academy High School
- Yaneli - Lee High School
To be eligible for the scholarship contest, students had to be in grades 10-12 at one of the above schools, and tell us why they pledged not to text and drive on our Facebook or Google+ pages during the month of April.
Thank you to all students who participate in the Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest. We hope you remain text free while driving to help make the roads a safer place.
Stop The Distraction. Stop The Temptation To Be Distracted.
The easiest way to ensure you don't text while driving? Turn your phone off when you turn your car on. Here are some other options:
- Put your phone on silent. Don't worry about what you don't know about.
- Put your phone out of sight. In your bookbag, purse or anywhere you can't see it. Don't let yourself get distracted by the lights, sounds or alerts of an incoming text or call.
- Designate a texter. We've all heard of designated drivers. It works for texters too. Let your passenger read and respond to texts while you're driving.
Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?
There are apps available to autorespond to texts and calls that will let your friends, family and whomever is trying to reach you know that you can't talk right now. These providers have built apps for their wireless customers to promote safe driving and safe texting:
There are several other apps available. Run a quick search in your device's app store for texting while driving to learn more about your options.
Still Afraid You'll Miss Something Important?
What about the homecoming football game? Your senior prom? Graduation? The text can wait.
One tenth of fatal accidents that occur in the United States happen right here in Texas. Of those fatal accidents, 16 percent are caused by distracted drivers. Be part of the solution. Save a life. Save your life. Don't text and drive.
Make A Commitment To A Text Free Texas. Save Lives And Take The No-Texting Pledge.