Distracted driving is an epidemic that disproportionately affects our children. Recent studies show that many parents are texting, accessing social media and engaging in other distracted behaviors while driving their children. Therefore, our children are at an increased risk of being in a crash because of their parents’ driving behaviors. Additionally, when they begin driving teens are three times as likely to die in a distracted driving crash than any other age groups. This is due to driver inexperience, addiction to smartphones, and unfortunately, many parents being poor role models for distraction-free driving.
Traditionally, students learn about distracted driving in high school, at or just before they will get their licenses. End Distracted Driving and Safe Roads Alliance didn’t want to wait until teens are ready to drive to teach them about distracted driving. Working with elementary teachers, elementary content developers and experts, we created lesson plans for second- through sixth-grade classrooms. These free, ready-to-use lesson plans include everything teachers need to present to students in the classroom. The program helps parents and educators teach students about the dangers of distracted driving as well as pedestrian safety. Students are taught to recognize when their drivers are distracted and how to respectfully, using “I” statements, speak up and ask drivers to put their phones down. We need your help in creating a generation of kids who won’t drive distracted when they do get their licenses.