"OMG" Campaign to Curb Distraction-Related Car Accidents in Modesto, Nation

December 5, 2011

According to California Causality, half of all teenage drivers admit to text while driving. Texting at the wheel increases their risks for a car accident in Modesto and elsewhere by nearly 25 percent. California Causality has been pushing for more teen driver education for quite some time now. Teenagers face some of the most severe risks for an accident on our roadways.
Many organizations continue to share concern regarding the safety of these young drivers. Our Modesto teen car accident attorneys would like to tell you about a new campaign, "OMG," that was recently launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The "OMG" campaign is made up of two public service announcements (PSAs) that will be airing at roughly 550 Regal Cinema movie theaters across the country, on 12,000 pump-top screens owned that as well as on the Distraction.gov website all through December.

"Teen drivers are particularly vulnerable to distracted driving, which is why we are making an extra effort to ensure they understand the dangers," said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

With the busy holiday driving season underway, teenage drivers will be venturing out on winter vacations and to visit with friends, classmates and family. These PSAs are aiming to help raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign uses popular texting lingo, such as "LOL and "L8R," to communicate with these young drivers. These drivers are more likely than any other age group to text message behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and are also at the highest risks for an accident.

Greg Dunn, the President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group, said that Regal is please to assist the USDOT in its fight to curb distraction-related accidents.

Nathan Gill with PumpTop TV says that he and the company are excited to be able to provide this type of information to our young on-the-go drivers and that these five-minutes can actually help to save lives on our roadways.

It's no secret that teenagers want to stay connected with one another, even if they've got to do it behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It's important that these young drivers understand that there's a time and a place for this behavior and that behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is not it. There's no text message that's worth a life. Parents are asked to sit down and reiterate safe driving habits with your teen drivers to help keep them safe through the holiday season and long after.

Right now, there are 35 states, Guam and the District of Columbia that prohibits drivers from texting at the wheel. There are also nine states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia that prohibit all hand-held cell phone use while driving a motor vehicle.

Contact a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Robert J. Anaya if you or your teen driver has been involved in a distracted driving car accident in Modesto or Stockton. Call 1-209-522-7500 for a free consultation to discuss your claim.

More Blog Entries:

Modesto Teen Car Accidents Often Happen During First 30 Days of Driving Unsupervised, Modesto Injury Lawyer Blog, October 20, 2011

Modesto Motorists Pledge to Drive Distraction-Free In Order to Reduce Risk of Car Accidents in Modesto, Modesto Injury Lawyer Blog, October 5, 2011