The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s OCTOBER: Stop Texting & Driving

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Thousands have Died in Crashes Involving Cell Phone Use. Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because many drivers believe they can control their cell phone and nothing bad is going to happen. THEY ARE WRONG!. You can HELP Stop Texting & Driving. JOIN and SUPPORT this wonderful Cause and HELP Save Lives in your Community. Please Share.

DISTRACTIVE DRIVING: ONE CALL CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you. Learn more HERE.

Distracted driving can change your life and countless others. Thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers; hundreds of thousands more injured. Research shows that talking on a cell phone quadruples your risk of an accident (about the same as drunk driving). That risk doubles again, if you are texting. You can help stop distracted driving.

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America’s roads safe. Learn more HERE.

Check Out HERE All the Distracted Driving Laws by State.

CONSEQUENCES. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes. More statistics on distracted driving and other risky driving behaviors are available HERE.

TECHNOLOGIES. Technologies Can Reduce Cell Phone Distracted Driving. More than 3,000 people are killed on U.S. roads every year in distracted driving crashes, the federal government reports. Cell phone use is a common driver distraction. About 70% of drivers report using cell phones despite knowing phones can be a crash risk. Learn more HERE.

Did you know technology exists that could prevent many of those crashes and save thousands of lives? Cell phone blocking apps and devices can help drivers stay focused on driving. They prevent drivers from making or accepting calls, texting or accessing the internet.​ Learn more HERE. "Textalyzer" Device allows police to determine if drivers were texting and driving. Learn more HERE.

Texting, chatting and doing anything else besides focusing on what’s in front of you while behind the wheel is called distracted driving, and it kills nine people every day in the United States. More teens and adults need to understand the dangers and dire consequences of distracted driving, and there are several groups working tirelessly to spread that message. Below are a few organizations and other resources that will provide information on how to END Distractive Driving.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION/NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION(NHTSA). "One text or call could wreck it all" is the federal government's cautionary message. is the NHTSA's official website for facts and resources about distracted driving. It's loaded with information to help educate teens and parents about the dangers of distracted driving. The agency leads initiatives to end texting while driving, including banning texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraging states to pass tougher laws and raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

IMPACT TEEN DRIVERS. A non-profit organization based in California, this group is dedicated to educating teens across the country about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. They provide free online training materials as well as school presentations and have reached over two million students since the organization's formation in 2007. Impact Teen Drivers has an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL (NSC). The NSC website offers extensive research on distracted driving, with facts about teens and young drivers, crashes, cognitive distraction, state laws, and texting and driving. This is a helpful resource for both parents and teens.

AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY. The organization’s mission is to identify traffic safety problems, promote research that seeks solutions and publish information and educational materials. One of its special initiatives concerns research on the factors that contribute to teen driving risk so that families learn how to better equip their teen drivers with the tools they need for safe driving. Search the website for helpful information about texting and driving.

DROP IT AND DRIVE (DIAD). This organization's stated mission is to stop distracted driving by raising public awareness to the point that talking and texting while driving becomes as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving. The group provides seminars and presentations for all types of groups, from elementary age children to corporate and community groups. The website provides links to driving simulators that can help your teen see how distractions like texting and driving negatively impact their driving skills.

END DISTRACTED DRIVING was created by the parents of Casey Feldman after she was killed in 2009 by a distracted driver. The group is committed to raising awareness and creating action against distracted driving; it provides speakers for school, workplace and community presentations, as well as a comprehensive website offering useful resources on a variety of distracted driving topics, including texting and driving.

AT&T itself has helped drive these conversations with its It Can Wait campaign, which has seen more than 7 million people take the campaign’s pledge to drive more safely.

 “ has a mission: to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and to prevent harmful injury or death caused by the act of texting recklessly,”. The site features plenty of helpful resources such as printouts that you can distribute around your neighborhood, statistics and other useful information, and one particularly touching section where people have shared their own stories about loved ones who have died needlessly while on their phones.

Take safety one step further with StreetSafe, a nonprofit that offers its STREETSAFE Lifesaving Driving Experience, which can “teach young, inexperienced drivers to become safer and more responsible on the road by offering hands-on driving exercises, discussion sessions, and promoting parental involvement.”

Another nonprofit doing great work, “brings together distracted driving victims, victim survivors, foundations and the general public to build awareness and recognition of this reckless behavior.”

250,000 motorists of various ages have joined the End Distracted Driving‘s Awareness Initiative, which includes Canada and 41 US states. You can use the site to brush up on some facts with state law data and research, or register for a school or workplace presentation.

NEW TECH COMING SOON. Been trying to be a safer driver and not look at your phone while behind the wheel? Apple has an update in the works to help. When iOS comes to iPhones (and iPads) this fall, the new operating system will include "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode users can turn on. Learn more HERE

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour benefits students across the nation. When UNITE’s team visits a school, they advise students on the risks of drunken driving and the risks of distracted driving.

Protect the whole family with Safe Texting Campaign’s app, which is absolutely free for iPhone users. It reaches out to cell towers to generate a notification that reads “please don’t text and drive” when you’re out for a cruise.

The Nikki Kellenyi Foundation created People Against Distracted Driving, or PADD. PADD offers victim services for suffering families and a National Student Ambassador Program that helps teach better driving techniques to all students. PADD, "THE HOME OF NIKKI'S LAW"' is spreading awareness to the dangers of distracted driving worldwide, donating "Stay Alive, Don't Text And Drive" signs to schools and communities around the nation, supporting families and victims of distracted driving financially, referring legal counsel if needed to those injured or to the families of loved ones killed by distracted driving and changing laws nationally and locally to not only enforce stricter laws but to force government entities to take a educational stand against this epidemic.

Stop Texting AND Driving Distracted, or STANDD. Like a few other organizations on this list, STANDD has its own app for iOS and Android smartphones. It starts up as soon as your engine does, and as long as you’re moving more than 10 miles per hour, the free app deactivates any texts and calls that you receive, letting the caller know that you’re unavailable with an auto-message.

The Traffic Safety Coalition is dedicated to all matters of road safety. Naturally, its message expands to teens and adults who may succumb to the temptations of texting and driving. The coalition works at the national level, but 27 states also have their own affiliated chapters. 

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