Distracted driving poses a serious threat to anyone on the road, but teen motorists are at the greatest risk of injury or death. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show as many as 20 percent of teenage drivers admit to texting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Teens in Tennessee are beginning to fight back against distracted driving though, with many joining or creating groups focused on raising awareness of the problem within their communities. One of those teens, a junior at Cookeville High School, explains the auto accident injuries her sister suffered at the hands of a distracted driver inspired her to join TEST Club.
The group was founded by the Cookeville Police Department and is now more than 500 members strong. Participants spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving through campaigns and the sharing of information at a grassroots level.
According to the Herald-Citizen, the TEST Club was recently awarded the Gold Safety Award from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for their work with the “Reduce TN Crashes” program.
At Ponce Law, we recognize the need to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. That’s why our Nashville personal injury lawyers congratulate the TEST Club on their latest achievements. We would also encourage others who wish to fight against distracted driving to get involved with a group like the TEST Club.