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Illinois Attorney General Announces New Campaign to Combat Texting While Driving

Our Illinois car accident attorneys read on the Illinois Attorney General website about a new campaign that will reduce the number of teens texting while driving. Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General, joined with the Secretary of State, other Attorney Generals, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create a new campaign that targets teens who drive, in order to reduce the high number of serious injuries and even fatalities that are caused when teens text behind the wheel.

A new website, StopTextsStopWrecks.org was created in support of the campaign, and the campaign also calls for administering educational tools to schools nationally to alert teens of the dangers of texting while driving. Although for most teens texting is second nature, it can be extremely dangerous when they are behind the wheel. Because teens lack the experience that adult drivers have, they are more likely to be involved in an accident. When texting is thrown into the mix, it can have a deadly outcome. The Secretary of State in Illinois has made it a top priority to ban texting for all drivers of all ages by helping to pass legislation in early 2010.

Some websites, such as the National Safety Council, include helpful tips and tools for both parents and teens, and has some interesting statistics. Out of the National Safety Council’s Top 5 Tips to Reduce Teen Driver Crashes, banning the use of phones while driving is number three.

As reported in some of our earlier blog posts that discussed teen driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, “distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens.” Close to 80% of teenagers have admitted to texting while driving, which means their eyes are not on the road, comparable to driving with their eyes closed.

The article reports that the Ad Council has donated $88.7 million in advertisements to support the attorney generals’ campaign against distracted driving. Our Chicago car accident lawyers support awareness campaigns such as these, because we know that teens that text while driving can find themselves in fatal accidents. In past months, we are happy to have reported on a lot of media coverage surrounding distracted driving and we hope this trend will continue. Texting while driving should be on everyone’s mind and a topic of family conversations. We encourage our readers to discuss the dangers of driving while texting with their teens, as well as discussing the risks involved when driving distractions. Making them aware of the issues, and especially the dangers to themselves and others, may help teens make the right choices when they get behind the wheel.