Two-Second Turnoff

distracted cyclist / Laura Sandt Eighty-six percent of teens admit to driving while distracted (AAA and Seventeen Magazine Survey).

Two seconds is all it takes to take your eyes off the road and get into a crash.?Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says, “Instead, you can take two seconds to turn off your phone before you get in the car so the crash never happens.”

Bicyclists and pedestrians also become distracted when they use cell phones and text. They need to be fully alert when cycling or walking so they can see and hear everything around them.

Seventeen Magazine’s national Two-Second Turnoff Day is September 17, 2010, and you can put your video skills to use and help to spread the message. The best video wins a $2,000 prize. To take part:

  • Go to Seventeen to learn more.
  • Upload your anti-distracted driving video to YouTube by September 10.
  • Then tell all your friends to view it.
  • And let Seventeen know, too–you could win $2,000. Click here for the rules.

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