It’s been a busy week for Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson. In addition to being named NFL Offensive Player of the Week, the rookie quarterback helped launch the “Save It Seattle” campaign with Verizon Wireless to prevent texting and driving in Seattle and other communities.
“Save It Seattle” is a serious effort to improve teenage driving habits. Four Seattle area high schools are competing to win an appearance by Wilson at their school. The contest asks students and the community to take a personal pledge against texting and driving.
Studies show that the time it takes to glance down at a phone or type a reply – approximately 4.6 seconds – can be like driving the length of a football field, blindfolded. Despite the danger, more than 100,000 people are texting and driving at any given moment, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The danger is even more prevalent for younger drivers. According to distraction.gov, 11 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted when the accident occurred.
In addition to being dangerous, it’s also illegal in many places – 39 states and Washington D.C. have banned text messaging for all drivers.
Take the pledge to stop texting and driving at www.verizoninsider.com/saveitseattle.