KML-trafficsafety_164045624Until August 8th, teenagers across the nation will have a chance to show their safe driving skills by entering the #GetThereSafeChallenge. In order to demonstrate their smart driving, applicants have to upload photos of themselves or their destination, and select a specific driving behavior hashtag, such as #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app.

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens, with nearly 8 teenagers dying each day in car crashes. This program, created by the Allstate Foundation, wants to encourage teenagers to not engage in the three risky behaviors that cause fatal accidents: failure to wear a seatbelt, speeding, and distractions caused by passengers in the car.
According to the the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

  • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal crashes.
  • Fifty-six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing seat-belts
  • When a teen passenger was added to a teenage driver’s car, the crash risk was increased by almost 50%.

The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to bring the issue of safe driving to the forefront at their schools and community via social media. States that have the highest number of teen crash fatalities -California, Texas and Florida- will have #GetThereSafe flag raising events on school campuses.

Read more about this at Look to the Stars.

Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com