February 27th, 2015|
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute car accident lawyers point out texting and driving is a serious danger motorists on Indiana’s highways face each day—especially teens. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that up 71 percent of teens and young adults have sent text messages while behind the wheel of a vehicle and 78 percent admitted to reading texts while driving.
Officials are working to address this problem through the “Drive Now.TX L8R” campaign. The program aims to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving through a social media contest.
In a video posted to YouTube and the campaign’s website, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann explains that young people are being encouraged to come up with social media content that gets the message across to others that distracted driving is dangerous. Submissions can be made either as an individual or as a team, and those who get the greatest online response will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards continuing their education.
The contest will have divisions for both high school and college students, with each division having five categories, including Twitter (most retweets and favorites), Vine (most likes), Vine (most creative), Instagram (most likes), Instagram (most creative).
Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys would like to encourage young people in Indiana to not only take a stand against distracted driving but to become part of the solution by participating in this wonderful contest.