By Michael Pines, Accident & Injury Prevention Expert
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in San Diego and throughout the nation. In response to the heightened concern, The Automobile Safety Foundation (ASF) has introduced the latest advance in preventing
– the copilot driver’s license.
With driver education as the cornerstone of the program, the Copilot Driver’s License is a training curriculum that implements road concentration as a passenger for one year prior to granting a driver’s permit. In other words, a teen must first have a copilot driver’s license for one year prior to applying for an initial driver’s permit.
Distracted driving is attributed to thousands of needless deaths in the United States each year. Young people are most vulnerable to the risks associated with distracted driving due in part to cell phone use like talking or texting combined with inexperience behind the wheel. About 21 percent of all accidents for drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 occur as a result of distracted driving.
Although technology has propelled the onset of distracted driving, it isn’t anything new when it comes to maintaining focus behind the wheel. For years, drivers have been perpetually challenged to maintain focus on the road. Weather conditions, rowdy children, loud music and even road rage have each contributed to loss of focus – and distraction – from behind the wheel. No matter how distraction is rendered, it has caused countless of accidents in San Diego, the United States and on roadways across the globe.
The organization has already begun contact with individual U.S. State DMV offices and plans to take the program worldwide. According to
will aim to:
- Provide increased road concentration that aids safety and decreases accidents.
- Help stop driver distractions.
- Teach drivers the science of road concentration, emphasizing its importance.
- Offer a new licensing revenue stream for government agencies and participating organizations or companies from small licensing fees.
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