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TxDOT Talks to Teens

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Did you know that teens have a notoriously low rate of seat belt use and a high rate of fatalities because of it? In fact, almost 50% of all teens involved in fatal crashes weren’t wearing their safety belt. That’s why TxDOT has launched a campaign in five Texas counties with the highest rate of unbuckled teen deaths. Teens in those five counties (Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant) are seeing on-campus reminders, hearing radio and seeing outdoor boards that remind them to always wear a seat belt. They’re also seeing increased law enforcement who are ticketing every person in the car not wearing a seat belt—even riders in the back seat.

Teens are encouraged to go to www.seatbeltsrock.com to read stories or see videos from their favorite DJ’s, take interactive quizzes, and register for prizes. In fact, watch this video and then and send it on to your friends. Here’s the cool part: the people you send it to will see their name actually embedded in the video in six places. Here’s the other cool part: if you send it to five friends, you’ll automatically be entered in a contest to win an IPOD Touch donated by State Farm Insurance.

Send a personalized video to your friends!

The campaign to teens is working—in the counties where the campaign is running, seat belt use has increased by almost 10%. With your help, we can make that 100% in every county in Texas—it’s easy. Just buckle up when you’re in a vehicle . . . every rider, every ride.

Collision on Camera

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Watch a wreck from inside the car. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Life after a Crash

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of State Health Services.

Behind the Wheel

Monday, June 15th, 2009

See first-hand footage of a wreck from the driver’s point of view. DriveCam, Inc.

In the Driver’s Seat

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

See what it’s like behind the wheel of during a crash. Video provided by DriveCam, Inc.

Real Teens, Real Stories: He was already gone…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of Health

Use Your Head. Buckle Up.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

See a head-on crash test with and without a safety belt. Video provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Real Teens, Real Stories: Emily

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of State Health Services.