Distracted driving took the lives of 3,166 people in 2017. Research shows texting while driving increases the risk of a teen vehicle crash by 23 times, and is the leading cause of teen deaths. One in three teens who text said they have done so—while driving. This is why Clear Channel Outdoor has partnered with Project Yellow Light and the Ad Council for the fourth year in the effort to #StopTextsStopWrecks.
Project Yellow Light hosts an annual nationwide scholarship competition calling for students to create a TV, radio or billboard PSA to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded to those who create the most captivating PSAs promoting safe driving habits. This year, 2,709 students vied for the scholarship awards, a 69% increase from 2018!
In 2016 alone, 3,450 people were killed from accidents attributed to texting and driving. During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving, with teens reported as the largest age group distracted at the time of fatal crashes.*
Newer cars may come equipped with hands-free dialing, but that hasn't been enough to curb this unsafe habit. That’s why Clear Channel Outdoor, Project Yellow Light, the Ad Council, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Organization for Youth Safety, iHeartRadio, Mazda Motorsports, and U-Haul joined together to collaborate on a campaign that drivers can’t miss. One created by students, students who are new drivers, and students who may be in danger from other distracted drivers.
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Last year, mysterious billboards began popping up nationwide displaying a simple ghost icon on a yellow background. Teens and young adults were likely among the first to recognize the logo for Snapchat, the mobile app that allows users to share videos and pictures that disappear after viewing: