Today kicks off the NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Summit in Washington D.C which will go from September 18-21. NOYS are the National Organizations for Youth Safety. NOYS is dedicated to “to promote youth empowerment and leadership and build partnerships that will save lives, prevent injuries, and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.”
One major concern regarding youth safety is teen driving. According to Distraction.gov “11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.” Further, “For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.” (Via NHTSA)
As part of the summit this week, NOYS has partnered with the It Can Wait campaign to end texting and driving. The high point of the Summit is September 19, 2013 which is the their day of action called the Drive 4 Pledges Day as both campaigns encourage drivers to pledge not to text and drive. Because distracted driving has taken so many lives, the issue is at the forefront not just for safety organizations but even national wireless service providers like AT&T and Verizon.
resqme, Inc. is a proud member of NOYS and encourages you to take the pledge and share information to family, friends and your general community. We encourage you to Speak Up and Speak Out. This could save a life.