U.S. high school students are getting better about avoiding risky behavior when driving, according to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But young drivers still are engaging in other dangerous practices such as texting and emailing while driving.
Also below: Information on AT&T’s “No Text on Board Pledge Day” Sept. 19.”
The study looked at driving among young people. Although motor vehicle crashes account for more than 1 in 3 U.S. teen deaths each year, findings from this survey show dramatic improvements during the past 20 years in motor vehicle safety among youth. More are wearing seat belts, and fewer are drinking driving, or riding with friends who have been drinking.
Despite this progress, the survey found that technology presents new risks. Specifically, 1 in 3 high school students had texted or e-mailed while driving a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days.
Read a full report on the survey on the Centers for Disease Control website, “U.S. High School Students Improve Motor-Vehicle Related Health Behaviors.”
AT&T ORGANIZES NO-TEXT PLEDGE DAY
AT&T is promoting Sept. 19, 2012, as “No Text On Board – Pledge Day.”
The day is part of a campaign AT&T calls “It Can Wait,” aimed at educating drivers, especially teens, about the dangers of texting and driving. According to AT&T, those who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.
Watch the AT&T documentary, “The Last Text.”