SEATTLE -- As people hit the road for vacation and kids are out of school, local firefighters call the summer season the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers.
Seattle firefighters recently returned from a national convention in Cincinnati, where a portion was focused on curbing distracted drivers and accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 3,000 distracted drivers crash and die every year. Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to get in a car accident than a non-distracted driver.
If I never had to go to another accident I would be the happiest father alive. I m a parent, have teens, and they are teethered to their phones. It s difficult to get off those texting habits, said Seattle firefighter Darren Schulberg.
Schulberg says teens are the not only ones guilty of using their cellphones behind the wheel - adults are also to blame.
Here s some simple advice from firefighters:
- Put your phone somewhere you can t see it. Out of sight, out of mind!
- Put your phone on silent.
- Ask a passenger to read and reply to your texts while you re driving.
- Pull over or wait to check or send messages.