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'Concentration' is the Name of the Driving Game for WYO Teens

May has been designated as "Youth Traffic Safety Month" in Wyoming. Courtesy: State Farm.
May has been designated as "Youth Traffic Safety Month" in Wyoming. Courtesy: State Farm.
May 13, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A campaign to end distracted driving has launched in Wyoming, targeting teens in classrooms and other settings this month.

Keeping kids safe on the road has changed as technology has become a distraction. Texting while driving boosts the risk of a crash by a factor of 23, said Scott Olheiser, president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. He added that the message is clear when about 25 percent of distracted-driving crashes in Wyoming involve teens.

"Reach out to our youth and their parents," he said, "encouraging drivers to avoid distractions and keep both hands on the wheel."

WTLA attorneys will be speaking to students throughout the month. Gov. Matt Mead has signed a proclamation designating May as Youth Traffic Safety Month.

Olheiser said parents have an influential role to play when it comes to safe driving habits and skills.

"Before kids are driving," he said, "parents need to show a good example by not texting and using their phones, and being distracted themselves."

He said crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and that young and inexperienced drivers are at the greatest risk for distracted driving.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY