Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. In Tennessee alone, more than 70,000 young drivers were involved in a traffic collision in 2013. Many factors – including inexperience, alcohol, speeding, cell phones, and other countless distractions – all contribute to these crashes, with many resulting in death. Research indicates that driver distractions are the primary cause of fatal collisions. In addition, one of the greatest risk factors faced by teens is the number of passengers in the vehicle. Studies have confirmed that with the presence of just one passenger, teens are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. It’s important that teen drivers realize it only takes ONE text, ONE song, ONE glance, ONE distraction to cause ONE fatal moment.
Visit our website for guidelines for carrying out an IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign in your community. Please read each page carefully, and then organize a meeting with your chapter to make plans for executing your IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign. The end goal is to change attitudes and behaviors of youth behind the wheel, therefore, decreasing crashes and saving lives.
Contact SADD Tennessee to help with any additional questions you may have. Also, note that there are prizes available for Chapters that participating in the IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign. Keep reading to find out about how to get involved in educating youth, parents and community members about the dangers of distracted driving.