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The Governor's Youth Commission engages youth throughout Arizona to help solve the greatest challenges facing teens. 

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Distracted Driving Committee

Did you know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens?

For drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones. (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts, April 2013). The Arizona Governor’s Youth Commissioners hope to minimize accidents caused by distracted driving in Arizona and have thought of creative ways to get others' eyes off the phone and on the road.

With the help of our two GYC members who have been selected in a nationwide search for the State Farm Road Safety Ambassador Program they launched a social media campaign in October using hashtags #W82TXT #distracteddriving and #justdrive, engaged hundreds of high school students across the state to take a road safety course online, and hosted several events to raise awareness. The GYC is also working on a Public Service Announcement to launch in April as well.

In addition to promoting the driving app called Down for the Count, they have partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and will distribute W8 2 TXT thumb rings to high school students across the state. What a great incentive and reminder not to text and drive! National Distracted Driving Month is in April, and the GYC will air their PSA in high schools and invite speakers from the Phoenix Police Department to their high schools throughout the state to promote safe driving to teens.

Check out all of the different events and activities on our website www.beseenbeheard.az.gov and make plans to get involved.

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