Montlick and Associates Sponsors Don’t Text and Driving Chalking Contest


May 06, 2014

The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Montlick and Associates is proud to be the primary sponsor of the Don’t Text and Driving Chalking contest this weekend at Safe America’s Safe Teen GA Driving Academy. The event provides an opportunity for middle and high schools and other youth organizations to earn a $500 Grand Prize Check for their organization/institution while helping focus attention on teen texting and driving. The Safe America “Chalk Off” anti-texting art contest offers teen organizations a chance to be a part of the solution to the teen texting and driving epidemic by providing messaging designed to encourage inexperienced teen drivers not to engage in this deadly practice.

The impetus for the Don’t Text and Drive texting event is a wealth of research indicating that peers can have a substantial impact on teen driving practices. A recent national survey revealed that as many as 95 percent of teens read text messages when driving without passengers, but efforts to educate teens about the dangers of texting and driving seem to have used peer pressure in a positive way to discourage text messaging behind the wheel. A study conducted by the Teens Drive Smart Program at Bridgestone Americas found that 90 percent of teens post to social media sites while driving alone while only 29 percent do so when transporting teen passengers. This research is supported by a multitude of studies that indicate teens talking to each other can positively influence safe driving practices.

The chalking contest will be May 10, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cobb Galleria Center, where the participating schools and organizations will be given the opportunity to design their best 4x8 foot anti-texting message. Those interested in participating should sign up here by May 7, 2014. Thanks to Montlick and Associates, which is sponsoring the event, participants only need to bring their enthusiasm and creative ideas because the art materials will be provided to participating organizations. Contest participants will also receive free entry to the 2014 SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy. The contest will be judged by an impartial panel with 60 percent based on the message and 40 percent based on the artwork.

This event offers an opportunity for teens to exercise their creative talents while encouraging their friends and peers to stay safe. The increased focus on texting and driving seems to be having a positive impact on teen cell phone use while driving, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. A recent survey found that 71 percent of young drivers between the ages of 16-21 deemed receiving and reading texts when driving as inappropriate, but 45 percent indicated that they still engage in the practice. Of those in the study, nearly 80 percent indicated that sending texts while driving was unacceptable but 37 percent admitted doing so. The anti-texting chalking contest sponsored by Montlick and Associates is yet another chance for teens to encourage positive change from their peers.

Montlick and Associates is proud to sponsor this event which is designed to help keep teens safe. Montlick and Associates has represented those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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