New England Distracted Driving Pledge
Distracted driving was responsible for almost 3,100 deaths in the U.S. in 2010, and this number continues to rise. Therefore, it is important to reach out to teenagers and teach them why they should never use their phone while they are driving. A student survey that was conducted at the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Massachusetts indicated that at least 62 percent of the students text or talk on the phone while they are driving. This alarming statistic appears to be consistent with the rest of the country.
The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) has put together a presentation in order to teach students how dangerous distracted driving can be. The MATA recently spent an hour discussing this issue at the Lowell High School in Lowell, Massachusetts. Several of the students who attended the presentation pledged to stop driving while they are distracted, and they all received useful tips to help them keep this promise.