The state is focusing awareness on what’s called the “100-Deadliest Days.”
It’s the period starting with Memorial Day when so many teenagers die behind the wheel.
Would a pledge help your new or younger driver stay safe?
The offer comes from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Teens who take the safety pledge can then click and share the message with friends on social media, to acknowledge that their lives and the lives of others are worth protecting.
The pledge ends by accepting responsibility “myself, my passengers, my vehicle, passengers and vehicles around me, pedestrians, and all other persons and entities that come within range of my vehicle when I am driving.”
Pledge takers can also win four tickets to the State Fair by leaving an email address.
Here is the pledge:
I, hereby pledge to be a safe driver. This includes obeying all traffic laws, and also taking every possible precaution to ensure my safety, and the safety of those around me, every time I am behind the wheel. By committing to this agreement, I pledge to:
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Drive defensively and responsibly.
- Remain alert and aware of possible driving dangers.
- Use extra precaution when driving in poor conditions, such as heavy rain or snow.
- Avoid driving distractions, such as loud music, passenger conversations, texting and cell phones.
- Ensure every passenger in my vehicle always wears a seatbelt.
- Participate in a driver skills development program.
- Properly and calmly manage feelings of frustration toward other drivers.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
- Follow any additional safety precautions that could help keep me out of harm’s way.
I recognize it is my responsibility to uphold the terms of this agreement and accept responsibility for myself, my passengers, my vehicle, passengers and vehicles around me, pedestrians, and all other persons and entities that come within range of my vehicle when I am driving.”