Washington DECA Takes a Stand Against Traffic-Related Deaths

Community service has always been an integral part of Washington DECA, and this year, we chose to support the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s initiative, Target Zero.

Target Zero is a campaign aiming for zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries by the year 2030.

As part of our commitment to Target Zero, the 2016-2017 Washington DECA state officer team conducted a survey of high school students in our state.

Here were our top five takeaways:

  1. More than half (51%) of the student drivers surveyed read texts while driving.
  2. 88% of students have friends who check their phones while driving.
  3. One out of every four student drivers (27%) Snapchat while driving.
  4. 97% of students have been driven by someone who was distracted on their phone.
  5. 91% of students see distracted driving as a problem among students.

Are these numbers surprising? Shocking? You can read the entire survey report here.

Help Washington DECA take action by following three easy steps:

  1. Lead by example: stop yourself from checking your texts, eating, or playing with a pet while driving.
  2. Be vocal, raise awareness and ask your family and friends to practice safe driving when they drive while distracted.
  3. Follow Washington DECA on social media for #TargetZeroTuesday updates.

This article was written by Washington DECA Area 4 President and Vice President of Finance, Erika Kumar. You can follow Washington DECA on Twitter @DECA_Washington.

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