East Fairmont Teens Against Distracted Driving
Miley Legal Group
Educating Teens on Distracted Driving to Curb Accidents
The Miley Legal Group along with several students at East Fairmont High School worked together to raise awareness about teenage distracted driving. In working with students Bailey Frederick, Lexie Myers and Patrick Thompson, The Miley Legal Group, through Teens Against Distracted Driving, have asked students to pledge that they will not drive while distracted and also encourage their friends and family to avoid so as well. As part of the project, checks were presented to one boy and one girl at the school who signed the pledge as a way to encourage participation. The checks were presented at a assembly at the school where on hand were representatives of The Miley Legal Group along with Bailey, Lexie and Patrick (picture to the right at the pledge table); the students who took on this year’s distracted driving project at East Fairmont and other school officials.
As part of a weeklong series on safe driving this month, East Fairmont High School has joined a number of other schools in our region to raise awareness for distracted driving and its devastating effects on everyone, including teenaged drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with the increased use of cell phones, over ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years of age involved in fatal accidents were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. In all, 3,179 people were killed and over 430,000 injured in crashes directly resulting from a distracted driver during 2014. The statistics are sobering, and in order to work to prevent these tragic accidents from occurring, The Miley Legal Group along with a number of other nationally known law firms came together to create Teens Against Distracted Driving and make the program available to local students, such as those at East Fairmont.
“The primary purpose of creating Teens Against Distracted Driving, was to not only raise awareness of distracted driving, but to specifically target teenage drivers as they become licensed and enter our roadways,” stated Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group. “Teenagers are generally just learning to navigate the road, adding the distraction of a smart phone only increases the danger and the likelihood of an accident.”
Study after study has been done on the dangers of driving while distracted and still the number of injuries and deaths continue. Raising awareness through information and actual signed teen driver pledges can only help to decrease the numbers and keep our children safe.
“What began as a school project has grown into so much more. With the initiative of the three of us to take the pledge as teens against distracted driving, over 200 of our peers have joined in. This entire week has been dedicated to making our school aware of the dangers of distractions and bad decisions leading up to prom this weekend,” said Bailey Frederick.
“I appreciate the time and dedication these students took in educating not only their peers, but their community,” Miley said. “Their work during this past week in gathering pledges from their classmates, may have just prevented another horrible accident.”
For more information on Teens Against Distracted Driving, visit teensagainstdistracteddriving.com.