Texting and Driving: The Facts
Most of us have done it- checked our phones while driving, or maybe even when we are stopped at a traffic light. Not only is it illegal, but it is a horrible example to be setting for our children.
Did you know that 11 teens die each day from a texting and driving incident? The statistics around texting and driving continue to grow. More and more accidents are occurring each day that could most likely have been prevented if the driver had put their phone down.
One local lawyer is aiming to do something about it.
David Weismann, a personal injury attorney in Nashville, has launchedhas launched his annual Stop Texting & Driving Scholarship campaign. Having been hit by a texting driver himself, Weissman is passionate about ending this epidemic.
The Stop Texting & Driving Scholarship calls for high school juniors and seniors as well as college students to submit a 30-60 second video. The video should convince them why you won’t text and drive.
Three winners will be chosen to win $1,000 scholarships. Students from all over the country are encouraged to participate. One of the three scholarships will go to a national winner, one to a winner in the state of Tennessee, and one to a winner in Davidson County.
The submission deadline is May 1, 2016. You can read the full details on their website.
The goal of the scholarship contest is not only to give away scholarships, but to create conversation among teens about this problem. About 1/3 of the US driving population admits to reading or sending texts or emails while driving. (CDC) Let’s aim to be better examples to those in the car with us (especially our children). If you have a teen that would like to learn more about the Stop Texting & Driving Scholarship contest, they can read the full contest details here.