PREVENTION CONNECTION

December 2017

Program Spotlight: The Dangers of Distracted Driving Among Teens

Safe Driving at Berlin High School

The AAA Foundation conducted research in 2015 that involved 1700 teens who agreed to have cameras set up in their cars so that researchers could study ‘naturalistic’ data of crash causation.  The unprecedented video analysis found that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. In other words, distraction, as a cause of teen crashes is highly under-reported.

As the holidays approach, The Partnership wants to ensure that families in Connecticut are safe. It is often difficult to identify definitively the cause of distraction during a crash which is why Teen Distraction research has been so forthcoming. 1

AAA Driving School is committed to raising awareness around the issue of distracted driving, devoting a good deal of time to it in their classrooms and also ‘on the road’, visiting area high schools. Recently, more than a hundred teens participated in a safe driving event at Berlin High School that included a ‘behind-the-wheel’ texting and driving course, where teens experienced the dangers of distracted driving - in a safe environment.

More information about how staff, parents and teens can learn about the dangers of distracted driving can be found at: http://teendriving.aaa.com/CT/.


1http://newsroom.aaa.com/2015/03/distraction-teen-crashes-even-worse-thought/