April 3, 2014
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Virginia, especially amongst inexperienced teenage drivers. Just last week, the National Safety Council released data that showed cellphone use was involved in 26 percent of all car accidents, which was an increase from the previous year. These crashes remained the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers in the United States.
To help combat the problem of Roanoke Car Accidents caused by teens distracted behind the wheel, emergency responders from the Life-Guard helicopter crew are speaking with area teens about the dangers of not paying attention behind the wheel. Reports indicate students at Salem High School were the first to participate in the program.
According to a story from WSLS 10 News, the team spoke with the school’s drivers education students about their personal experiences helping those hurt in distracted driving accidents. Participants were then allowed to view photos from distracted driving crash scenes. Officials hope seeing the images will make students think twice about picking up their phone or engaging in other distracting behavior while driving.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to protect the public from distracted drivers and are hopeful the campaign is a success!