The SmartTALK Initiative will be promoted through a series of Lunch & Learn seminars conducted at businesses, schools,and youth organizations.
The Lunch & Learn Seminars Cover:
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Researchers from the University of Washington monitored 20 of Seattle's busiest intersections and observed the following: Pedestrians who text are four times less likely to look before crossing the street, cross in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals. They also found that texting pedestrians take an average of two seconds longer to cross the street. Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver's reaction time as slow as that of a 70 year old.
In the survey, 24% of drivers reported that they are willing to make a phone call while driving. One in 10 drivers surveyed said that, at least sometimes, they send text messages or emails while driving.Of the drivers surveyed, 14% said they read text messages or emails while driving.
A teen driver riding with one other passenger doubles the risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. With two or more passengers, a fatal accident is 5 times as likely.
Driving Attitudes and Behaviors
Teen drivers are 4 times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.