National Two-Second Turnoff Challenge

A recent survey conducted by Seventeen Magazine and AAA found that 9 out of 10 teens engage in distracting behaviors like texting or talking on a cell phone despite recognizing it increases the risk of being in an accident. In response to these findings, the Department of Transportation, Seventeen and AAA national issued a viral challenge to teens across the country. The challenge calls for teens to create a 90-second video to illustrate why it’s important to avoid distractions while driving. The winner of the challenge will have their video shown during the upcoming DOT summit on distracted driving and a $2,000 prize. Seventeen has also declared National Two-Second Turnoff Day to be September 17th. AAA Foundation research has found that taking your eyes off the road for just two-seconds doubles your risk of being in an accident which is the same amount of time it takes to turn off your phone! I fully support these efforts and encourage ALL drivers to turn off the phone and focus on the task at hand - driving safely.