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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 Prevention 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 GYC is working to minimize accidents caused by distracted driving in Arizona and implement creative ways to get eyes off the phone and on the road.

With the help of two GYC members selected in a nationwide search for the State Farm Road Safety Ambassador Program, GYC launched a social media campaign in October using hashtags #W82TXT #distracteddriving and #justdrive, engaging hundreds of high school students across the state to take a road safety course online, and hosting 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, GYC has 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 and make plans to get involved.

What is distracted driving?

The practice of driving a motor vehicle while engaged in another activity, typically one that involves the use of a mobile phone or other electronic device. There are three types of distracted driving: manual, visual, and cognitive.

  • Visual distracted driving- The driver taking theirs eyes off of the road.

    • Examples: Looking at your phone, applying makeup and looking on a map.

  • Manual distracted driving - The driver taking on or both hands off of the wheel while driving

    • Examples:Eating or drinking, changing the radio and texting and driving.

  • Cognitive distracted driving- The driver taking their mind of driving.

    • Examples: Listening to the radio, deep thinking and reading written information.

How does distracted driving affect you everyday?

  • 9 in 10 people engage on phone additives while they are driving.

  • 60% of people use social media while they are driving.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in one day 481,000 drivers had a cell phone in hand while driving. These actions caused 3,450 fatalities car accidents in 2016 alone.

How not to be distracted!

Here are a few basic tips that will help you stay focus:

  • Put your phone on silent and put it away

  • Hand your phone over to the passenger

  • Set your phone to Do Not Disturb mode and change the setting from activate manually to automatically. Whenever you are driving this will send a text to whoever is trying to reach you.

Will you join our movement?

Download the Distracted Driving Toolkit