No One Really Walks Away From a Car Crash

Emily Bohatch and Rachel Bryan

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The #1 cause of death among teenagers is car accidents.

Alanis Craig, Writer

“The first thing I do when I get in my car is turn the music on,” Kayla Carden, junior, explains. “Sometimes I talk on the phone or eat also.”

None of these things are illegal; having a snack in your car will not get you a $200 ticket, and, so long as you have had your license for more then six months, talking on the phone is not a crime. The one thing that makes these activities dangerous? Distraction. When a driver turns on the radio, his focus is on his favorite song playing through the speakers. He doesn’t have the full awareness he needs to drive safely.

Consider this. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the leading cause of death for people ages 16-24 in the United States is motor vehicle crashes.

So, next time you hop in your car, remember to take driving seriously and to always exercise safe driving.

In support of safe driving, Bob Jones High School has entered in State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive Contest. The school with the most commitments made will win a grant of $100,000.

If you follow the link below, you can make a commitment to driving safe today.

http://www.celebratemydrive.com