Distracted driving: Let's listen to teens
To the Editor:
I was excited to read Keith Crain's Oct. 8 column, "We need to solve this scary problem," about distracted driving.
I couldn't agree more that "we have to figure out how to protect and insulate our youngest drivers."
As a board member and advocate for Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, I believe teens need to be engaged in this conversation and contribute to the solutions.
In the past, Automotive News has been kind enough to feature stories about DCH Auto Group and its work in regard to safe teen driving. Today I am asking you to give your time and attention to a different voice on this critical issue, that of Carrie Sandstrom, SADD's National Student of the Year.
More teens die in auto-related tragedies than from any other cause of death for their age group. But is anyone engaging our young adults in this conversation and seeking their input as we work toward solutions?
In an opinion piece entitled "Driving the Future: New Legislation Gives Teens a Voice in Traffic Safety Programming" -- available at autonews.com/sadd -- Carrie persuasively argues that her voice and the voices of her peers need to be heard on distracted driving.
We know that driving habits and automotive buying habits will certainly change with this next generation -- isn't it time to start listening to what young people have to say?