The Biggest Threat To Your High School Student Is Distracted Driving
There has been a lot of talk lately about school safety with the recent Parkland Florida School Shooting. It was a horrible situation and I hope we can do something to protect our students better. But one thing I've found ironic is that there is not nearly the same amount of passion or outrage with the biggest killer of our kids: texting and driving.
If you look up the statistics on teen distracted driving, it's terrifying.
Here's just a few numbers from the CDC:
- In 2015, 2,333 teens were killed from texting and driving. That averages out to 6 teenagers everyday.
- Over 221,000 teenagers were treated in emergency rooms in the same year for accidents related to distracted driving.
Yes there has been laws in place to punish those who text and drive, but it really hasn't made much of a difference. While everyone agrees how dangerous it is, many people don't stop the behavior.
Gun violence is a problem with our youth as well, I'm not trying to take away anything from this movement, but I just really wish that students would also be more concerned with changing the behavior of their peers on this deadly situation.