Letter: Dangerous driving

Published: Friday, June 20 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014 6:43 p.m. MDT

The summer months are the most dangerous for teen drivers. According to the National Safety Council, in 2012 nearly 1,000 people died in car crashes involving teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day – the 100 deadliest days on the road for teens.

Although summer is a deadly time for teen drivers, safe driving should be a priority all the time. As an Allstate agency owner, I know firsthand the dangers that lurk for both new and experienced drivers.

During the school year, I hosted an “X the TXT” event at Brighton High School in Salt Lake City to urge students to pledge not to text and drive. More than half of the students I talked to admitted to partaking in this dangerous behavior. Most were shocked to hear that texting and driving increases a driver’s risk of crashing by 23 times – and sending just one text while driving is like having four beers.

These startling statistics serve as a strong reminder to focus on the most important task at hand: arriving safely at our next destination. In our increasingly connected world, it can be tough to stay distraction-free on the road. But the risky reality should stop us in our texting tracks.

Considering that distracted driving is the leading cause of crashes and car crashes and are the number one killer of teens in the U.S., we all must do our part to keep teens safe this summer and throughout the year.

Gavin Seal

Salt Lake City

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