When it comes to texting while driving, teens are a particular risk group, considering that the average U.S. mobile teen now sends or receives an average of 2,899 textmessages per month, and many of those texts are being sent and read from behind the wheel.
Every day in 2008, more than 800,000 people were texting, making calls or using a handheld cell phone while driving in the United States. With distracted driving killing nearly 6,000 Americans in the same year,it's no mystery that cell phone use is risky for drivers.
There is no cost for this program. It is offered as a public service to those in our community. However, a minimum of 15 attendees is requested.
What does your organization proivde?
- A minimum of 15 attendees
- Classroom space
- Distribution of course promotional materials
- Audio visual (if available)
- Refreshments (if desired)
What does Deaconess Provide?
- Course promotional materials
- Program presentation
Kevin Hendrickson, RN, TNS, CCEMTP
- More than 60% of American teens admit to risky driving,, and nearly half of those that admit to risky driving also admit to text messaging behind the wheel.
- Each year, 21% of fatal car crashesinvolving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This is expected to grow as much as 4% every year.
- Almost 50% of all drivers between age 18 and 24 are texting while driving.
- More than 1/3 of all drivers ages 24 and under are texting on the road.
- Teens say that texting is their numberone driver distraction.
If you are interested in having this program presented FREE at your school or organization, please contact the Trauma Services Program Specialist at 812/450-2961 or email