Recently, we were honored and proud to sponsor the Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit for the third year running. At last year’s event, Honda Mama was so inspired, she pledged to NEVER text and drive again.
The Massachusetts Teen Distracted Driving Leadership Summit was conceived and run by three brothers from Seekonk High School, Brian, Timothy, and Matthew Salit. Students from nearly 20 public and private high schools all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island spent the morning learning about the dangers of distracted driving.
Several speakers shared their stories in an effort to raise awareness about distracted driving: Dr. Paul Atchley has been conducting research and teaching about the cognitive factors related to driving for over 20 years; Joel Feldman has worked to raise awareness about the issue ever since he lost his daughter Casey to a distracted driver, founding the organization EndDD.org to get the message out about distracted driving; Emily Stein partnered with EndDD.org to bring presentations to schools and medical centers after her father was killed by a distracted driver in 2011; and Danny Corcoran of Arbella Insurance coordinates the Distractology Trailer program at local high schools to teach student drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.
There was also an interactive piece to this year’s Summit: students were asked to share their own experiences with distracted driving and role-play situations such as asking a friend not to text and drive. To prove that we don’t multitask as efficiently as we think we do, one speaker had a student perform a brief exercise–let’s just say this poor guy didn’t even know his ABCs by the time he was done! The message was loud and clear: don’t text and drive.
During lunch, students were encouraged to brainstorm and come up with ways to raise awareness about distracted driving with their friends, families, and schools. The afternoon program opened with students sharing their ideas and creative solutions including PSAs, poster contests, new slogans, and events. Attendees also tweeted throughout the event using the hashtag #safeMAteens to share what they learned.
— Herb Chambers Honda (@HondaSeekonk) March 13, 2015
To learn more about distracted driving, visit the DDSummitMA website or one of the websites below:
Ready to stop distracted driving? Signal your commitment by taking the pledge for safe driving on EndDD.org. We want all our drivers to stay safe!
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