The rates for distracted driving in Florida are on the rise, and one of the largest populations responsible for distracted driving are teenagers. It can be tough to get a teenager away from their phone, but it is important to address the issue of distracted driving to keep your kids safe. Here are some of the top ways that you can prevent your teen from texting and driving to keep our motorways safer!
Speak to Your Kids
Talk to your kids about texting and driving. Make sure that they know about the consequences. Texting and driving is illegal, and they could face serious punishment just from checking a text on their phone.
Set a Good Example
Adults also need to stay away from texting and driving when their kids are in the car. Make sure that you take an active role in preventing distracted driving in your own daily driving.
Show Them The Results
Take a look at statistics with teens. Over 4600 people died in car crashes in 2018 due to cell phone use in the United States. 1.5 million car crashes in the US were caused by cell phone use in 2017. Texting and driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than driving while impaired.
If you catch your teen texting and driving, make sure that they know about the consequences. Take away their keys and their phone as a punishment for not adopting safe driving habits.
Use Tech Based Help
There are several applications that automatically lock the phone when it is travelling at a certain speed. These can be simple safeguards to prevent your child using a phone while a vehicle is in motion.
Keep some of these top ideas in mind if you want to prevent texting and driving with your teens!
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is an St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.
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