AAA, Seventeen and DOT promote National Two-Second Turn-off Day

Sept. 17, 2010

September 17, 2010—Teen drivers are pledging nationwide to take two seconds to turn off their cell phones before getting behind the wheel on Friday.

National Two-Second Turn-off Day is sponsored by AAA, Seventeen magazine and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Almost nine out of 10 teens admit to driving distracted and almost as many admit they know it is dangerous, according to an AAA survey.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens and 36 percent of teen drivers admit they have almost been in an accident because of cell phone use while driving, according to the survey.

“Taking your eyes off of the road for two seconds doubles your risk of a crash or near-crash and National Two-Second Turnoff Day is an opportunity for young drivers nationwide to take control of their own safety behind the wheel by making the wise and responsible decision not to drive while distracted," said Kathleen Marvaso, AAA vice president of public affairs. "National Two-Second Turnoff Day is a reminder to drivers of all ages that they should keep their eyes and attention on the road while driving at all times."

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