Teens warn peers against texting and driving

May 6, 2010

Some teen drivers are taking the initiative to warn their peers against the dangers of texting while driving.

In Arizona, 16-year-old Bethany Brown won the first annual "Drive to Life" public service announcement competition for her entry called "Redo," which illustrates how reading and writing text messages while driving is dangerous and there are no redos in life, according to a press release from the National Road Safety Foundation Inc. and National Organizations for Youth Safety, both of which sponsored the competition. The 30-second PSA will air this month, which is designated National Youth Traffic Safety Month.

On March 30, AT&T, in partnership with the National Safety Council and CTIA-The Wireless Association, sponsored a PSA that features cast members from "Melrose Place" warning viewers about the dangers of texting while driving.

In October, the council also recognized members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions leadership team at Anoka High School in Minnesota for developing PSA campaigns intended to educate peers about teen traffic safety. The campaign covered the importance of safety belt use, the dangers of texting while driving and other reckless driving behaviors, and featured a rap about how "texting and driving is a crime."