Furthermore, by bringing these programs, like the StopWrex safety campaign, to schools, you can help make it more commonplace to talk about these tough topics. Oftentimes, teachers and students alike might feel uncomfortable addressing tragic topics and serious matters when in a school setting. It is not a “fun” topic and may affect the class dynamic. However, teenagers often know someone who has been affected by distracted driving and do not want to ever be responsible for hurting someone else – intentionally or unintentionally. By speaking about these important topics more frequently, it can encourage students to have open and honest discussions to show the dangers of distracted driving and the consequences of engaging in risky behaviors.
Bringing awareness with the StopWrex Campaign can also guide students to the abundance of online resources they can utilize. Showing the ease of how they can access these resources can influence students and teens to go online without needing the prompting of an authority figure. By researching the statistics and stories on their own, they can educate themselves and talk to their friends about what they have learned. In addition, there could be an incentive for students to spread the message, like scholarship or grant opportunities.
Making it “acceptable” to discuss these topics with your teachers and your parents will push against the normalization of distracted driving and the prevalence of teenagers to think it is “okay” to text while driving, engage with their friends, or focus more on what music they are listening to than what is happening on the road. Teens are highly susceptible to what other people do and what other people think about them – if they believe other people are doing these risky behaviors they will try to do them too. By showing teens that these behaviors are not normal and shouldn’t be glorified or held to that standard, you can help make a difference in the way young people – and adults – think about safe driving.