Distraction School Zone Challenge
The California Department of Transportation has recently issued a press release about California schools cashing in on a new safety campaign. Many schools across the state took part in the Distraction School Zone Challenge as part of Caltrans’ “Be Work Zone Alert” safety campaign. Schools competed for a chance to win between $500 and $2,000. This challenge is all about raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, especially in work zones.
The Distraction School Zone Challenge
Students participated in a variety of activities in efforts to win money for their schools. They held leadership workshops and designed on-campus events to teach fellow students about the dangers associated with distracted driving. Additionally, they also encouraged students to download the Distracted School Zone Challenge app, which also helped them earn points. This was the first, of hopefully many, Distraction School Zone Challenges.
Distracted Driving Facts
- In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers.
- Approximately 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.
- 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive.
Distracted Driving Accidents in California
Distracted driving accidents in California can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and seemingly out of options. After any kind of accident due to somebody else’s careless, dangerous or negligent behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer about your options. Cases of distracted driving aren’t always immediately apparent in the aftermath of a car crash. Sometimes, these cases require additional investigative efforts. Your lawyer can handle the details and get you the compensation you deserve, while you get on with your life.
Participating in The Distraction School Zone Challenge
Educators who are interested in their students participating in the next Distraction School Zone Challenge can get in touch with Caltrans to register. The registration deadline for the Fall challenge is October 15, 2015.