Distracted-Driving Video Contest Sponsored by Car Insurance Provider

Man checking cell phoneAuto insurance company AAA is teaming up with Seventeen Magazine and the U.S. Department of Transportation to challenge teens to put down their cell phones while driving.

The National Two-Second Turnoff Day Viral Video Challenge invites teens to vie for a $2,000 prize by creating a video that raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and Seventeen Magazine’s National Two-Second Turnoff Day.

“AAA is pleased to partner with the Department of Transportation and Seventeen magazine in a unique viral campaign that is certain to engage young people and encourage them to spread the word about how simple it is to prevent the dangerous practice of driving while distracted,” said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet.

The auto insurance coverage provider’s Foundation for Traffic Safety warns that taking one’s eyes off the road for even two seconds greatly increases the likelihood of an accident, but it only takes two seconds to turn off a phone.

Distracted driving has become a major problem on roads across the country. Whether it’s using a cell phone or tuning the radio, the repercussions of not paying attention to the road can have dire consequences.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than 20 percent of all vehicle accidents involved a distraction in 2008.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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