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"Put it Down" Campaign launched by Florida Department of Transportation

At the School Board Meeting of September 9, 2015, School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman proffered an item endorsing National Teen Driver Safety, scheduled for October 19 - 25, 2015. To help strengthen our awareness efforts, the District is once again partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in its “Put it Down” campaign, which discourages cell phone use while driving. 

During the four weeks leading up to Teen Driver Safety Week, FDOT developed messages that will be shared via the District’s portal/website. There will be a different message each week, focusing on the severity of distracted driving and ways to avoid dangerous driving behaviors.

Three simple steps for safer driving:
  • Put away your phone (or other device) before you start driving.
  • Safely pull off the road if you need to send a text or make a call.
  • Don’t tempt other drivers to text or talk.

Take the no-texting pledge!

Carry this as a reminder of your commitment to safer driving.
Talk to another person (witness) about this pledge. Discuss the steps for safer
driving together before signing your names below.

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Twenty percent of teens admit they have long, multimessage text conversations while driving.

As of December 2013, 153.3 billion text messages were sent in the US every month (includes PR, the Territories, and Guam). Forty-nine percent of adults say they’ve been passengers when driver was texting. Distraction contributes to more than 5,000 traffic fatalities each year.

10% of drivers of all ages under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Recent results from 1,700 videos of teen drivers showed that distraction was a factor in 58 percent of crashes. NHTSA previously has estimated that distraction is a factor in only 14 percent of all teen driver crashes.  
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