Fogle Insurance Group has partnered with the Huntersville Police Department on W82TXT for the D.A.R.E. Summer Camp! We are thrilled to have been asked to continue our partnership with the HPD and look forward to being involved in DARE Camp again. The camp is for rising 6th graders and is to help students establish good, sound decisions for the future. Since they are not yet young drivers, which is our usual target audience, we have re-worked the W82TXT program so these students will aid their parents in pledging not to text behind the wheel. At each W82TXT meeting, students are asked if they know someone texts while driving. Ninety-nine percent of the time, it is their parents who are the worst offenders.
Texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, drivers who text are six times more likely to cause an accident than intoxicated drivers. This scary statistic is perhaps because when texting, the driver’s steering capability goes down 91%. (Published : Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 | http://www.kxan.com/dpp/home/xthetxt)
Active members of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Norman Homebuilders Association, we are also the leaders in the W82TXT (Wait to Test) campaign for young drivers. This program puts us in the driver’s education classroom, working directly with students on NOT texting while driving. Currently we are working with Hopewell, Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg High Schools, Cannon Upper School and Lake Norman Charter School on this very important campaign.
As a community awareness campaign to encourage drivers not to text while behind the wheel, Fogle Insurance Group is handing out thumb bands with the W82TXT (wait to text) message. The bands are designed to remind people, not to text while driving.
W82TXT Campaign – Wait To Text
Distracted Driving Facts:
- Texting while driving increases the risk of accident 23.2 times over unimpaired driving
- Texting while driving results in longer response times than even drunk driving
- In the moments before an accident, drivers spend almost 5 seconds looking at their phones, which is enough times to cover more than the length of a football field going normal highway speeds
- Though 95% of drivers surveyed said texting behind the wheel was unacceptable and unsafe, at least 21% admit doing it anyway
- An accident can happen in two to three seconds while texting
Facts taken from a study from the Virgina Tech Transportation Institute.
These texting tips can help save a life
Teens, these texting tips can help you and others avoid potential danger while driving:
- Be smart – just don’t text & drive; there is no text message worth distracting you while you’re driving.
- Be in control – it’s your phone so you decide when to send and read texts. Why not consider turning off your phone, putting it on vibrate/silent or even storing it in the glove box or your bag before hitting the road.
- Be caring – don’t send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet you, or to anyone else you know that is likely to behind the wheel.
- Be a BFF – friends don’t let friends text & drive.
Adults, its not just teens who shouldn’t text and drive, remember these simple tips to be safe:
- Be a resource – share information and your concerns with your teens about the risks of texting while driving.
- Be an example – don’t send the wrong message by texting while you drive; your teen will follow your example.
- Be caring – don’t send a text when you know your teen is driving, wait for them to call or text you when they have arrived at their destination.
- Be aware – some cell phone plans allow you easy ways to manage your teens cell phone and texting activity.