We are united against distracted driving

In response to numerous deaths and auto accidents caused by texting and driving, lawyer, Jason Epstein from Seattle, WA. and other law groups from around the nation founded Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD). The TADD program’s objective is to educate teens about the dangers of driving while distracted. Teenagers from around Seattle are in this program to spread the word. They create posters, fliers, websites, etc.

A study done at the University of Utah showed that while people are texting and driving it reduces their attention level down to that of a person with an alcohol level of 0.08%.

“Motorists who write text messages while driving are six times more likely to crash than those who don’t text while driving…” Click here for more information about the study.

Although people know the dangers of distracted driving, they still do it anyway. “For convenience,” responded one person when asked why they would drive distracted knowing the risks involved. Why would you risk your life just to save a few seconds of time?

With your help we can encourage others to stop distracted driving and encourage others like Jason has. Help us spread the word, pledge now!

Young people and peer education have been a driving force and vision of TADD from the beginning.

Read about the first cohort of TADD interns and sponsors.

Puget SoundOff.org and the YMCA of Greater Seattle hired and managed TADD interns.

1,644 thoughts on “We are united against distracted driving

  1. Cathy Jones

    Hi Jason –

    We chatted a couple weeks ago. I work for Issaquah Parks & Recreation with the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. They are very interested in having you speak at one of their meetings. Would you be interested in doing that? The 35 kids meet on the first and third Tuesday nights of each month, 7:00pm. Upcoming meetings:

    Tuesday, April 6th
    Tuesday, April 20th
    Tuesday, May 4th

    We meet at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd South, 98027.

    Let me know if this interests you! THANKS!

  2. Brian Rockwell

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for attending our Teen Section Services meeting today, it was great to meet you. Your group and the message you are sending is so important and the numbers were staggering. We can’t wait to have you come to our Community Center here in Kent and speak with teens around the South Sound about this dangerous problem.

    Great information, great presentation, well done. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Mike Kaplan

    My name is Mike Kaplan and I am a Producer for the City of Saint Paul Communications Services. I produced a short PSA on texting and driving and just wanted to share the link with you, just in case you are interested in using it.
    Feel free to post to your site or pass it along to whomever you think might want to use it. There is no charge for using this PSA, just want to get the word out to as many people as we can.
    If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send me an e-mail or you can also call.
    Thanks for your cooperation and consideration.
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  4. greg

    Hi all, we have developed a patent pending app to curve texting while driving. It is installed on the smart phone and puts the phone in standby mode while the vehicle is in motion. It is set up so parents can install on a child’s phone and activate it when the person is driving and cannot be deactivated without a password. If anyone would like more information on this safety app you can email us at drivingalive@gmail.com

  5. Tony Wycoff

    I belive your organization is trying to help with this “plague” (distracted driving) but I can’t see why the Federal Government can make the auto-makers put cell phone blockers in vehicles that blocks the signal ONLY when you take the vehicle out of “park”. While in “park” you can make calls from the safety and comfort of the vehicle. In 1968 the Government made it mandatory for seatbelts. In 1997 they made it mandatory for airbags. There is NO WAY a cell phone blocker can cost as much as seatbelts or airbags. The auto-makers are going in the other direction making vehicles more cell phone and ipad friendly. Please let me know if there is a reason worth the lives lost to this “plague” for not installing cell blockers. I can’t understand why there is not a nation wide out cry for the Government to do this.
    Thanks for listening,
    Tony.

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    Hello. My name is Xavier Ortiz. I am a student at Liberty High School in Peoria, Arizona. I am doing research on Texting and Driving being Illegal and part of the assignment is to contact an expert who has a background in this field and ask a few brief questions. I would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes and answer the following questions.
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    5: Is texting and driving a big deal? Yes/No and Why?
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  8. Rick Skertic

    Hi everyone! I posted a petition on”We The People” to get the White House to support legislation for stopping texting while driving. Unfortunately it needs at least 150 signature to be published on that site. So could you please go to http://wh.gov/n6Rr site and sign the petition so it can be published and get support from the White House that this issue needs. Thanks.

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    I wanted to offer a positive product to help students raise awareness of distracted driving at their schools. We have bracelets and key chains with no texting logos on them.
    The students wear and use them to provide a gentle reminder not to text or drive distracted. Upon a successful time period set by group, the students then can plant their pendants, which will grow into flowers.
    This is a great living reminder of their lives and those that were lost. There are many ways to use the pendants to raise awareness at school and in the community.
    I would like feedback from this group. The necklaces and key chains sell for $15.00 each, and the group would keep $6.00 from each for their fundraiser. Our pieces are handmade in Michigan. Thanks for your help! Tina

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