TROY — The Miami County Safe Communities Coalition and Lisa Cano State Farm Agency in Troy have teamed up to fight distracted teen driver crashes in Miami County.
For National Teen Driver Safety Week in October, the agencies are challenging Miami County high school students to submit an original billboard design that targets issues such as distracted driving, being a safe passenger, drinking and driving or any other dangerous driving habits.
The winning billboard will be displayed around Miami County leading up to or during National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the designer will be awarded a $500 cash prize.
In State Farm’s eighth annual distracting driving survey released earlier in 2017, a reported 91 percent of drivers have a smartphone, and over half report use while driving. The survey also lists drivers having dangerous habits such as listening to loud music, eating, speeding and driving tired as other risky behaviors.
The billboard campaign is aimed at educating both the teenage designers of the billboards and drivers around Miami County.
“Young drivers are particularly in danger, as motor vehicle crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of teens,” said Vicky Knisley-Henry, health educator and safe communities director at Miami County Public Health, in a press release.
“The key is to start early (to prevent distracted driving) because it’s hard to break habits once you’re older,” Knisley-Henry said.
For more information and deadlines, contact Knisley-Henry at Miami County Public Health at (937) 573-3512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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