FOR THE AMERICAN TEENAGER the automobile is a source of freedom and independence, but at WHAT PRICE?
Reckless driving is the #1 killer of 15-20 year olds. Why speak up? Because Speaking up could save your life. Sixteen year olds are three times more likely to die in a car crash! The leading cause of car crashes for sixteen year olds is INEXPERIENCE.
BEHIND THE WHEEL AT 16 . . . Look, we get it. You don’t want to make it a big deal when your friends are driving recklessly. But, you don’t have to seem like a downer, lecture them or sound like their mom. Speak up in your own way. Just remember, it doesn’t matter what you say, if your friends are driving recklessly, say something.
The Speak Up Or Else campaign is sponsored by the Ad Council and a coalition of state Attorneys General and consumer protection agencies. For almost 65 years, the Ad Council has been improving the lives of Americans by raising awareness about critical social issues and inspiring people to take action. The organization addresses a variety of community, education, health and safety issues and its iconic taglines have become part of the American language, like “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” “Take a Bite out of Crime,” and “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”
The coalition of Attorneys General and consumer protection organizations is a multi-state group comprised of the Offices of the Attorney General and Consumer Protection Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida Injury Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. of the TRIPP LAW FIRM (www.trippfirm.com) along with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and AAA (American Automobile Association) urge teen drivers to take part in the Speak Up Or Else campaign and help spread the word about the danger of reckless driving.
Everyday ten (10) teens are killed due to some form of reckless driving and the impact can be much bigger than you think. Take a closer look at how reckless driving impacted these teens’ lives.