The Texas Transportation Institute recently assessed risk awareness and driving behavior at Cushing School, and found that:
- 35 percent said they frequently drive after 10 p.m. without anyone over the age of 21 in the vehicle.
- Even though the majority of students assessed said they think distractions (cell phones and teen passengers) cause most crashes, 25 percent said they frequently talk on a cell phone while driving and 22 percent said they frequently text message while driving.
- 30 percent said they frequently ride in a car without wearing their seatbelt.
The Student Council of Cushing School, with CISD Police Chief Shane Johnson as their sponsor, has taken up the responsibility of making their peers aware of the dangers while driving.
The kick-off week activities included:
- Passing out key chains to students wearing their seatbelts, and talking to those who didn’t,
- Drawing chalk outlines around their school with teen driving statistics on the inside of them,
- And they held a scavenger hunt to find the answers to questions related to teen driving.
Generally speaking, teens in rural areas are twice as likely as those in urban areas to use their cell phones (both talking and texting) while driving. They are also more than three times as likely to have received a speeding ticket and are more likely to drive at night.
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