Concerned students at El Dorado Springs High School have joined ACT Missouri and Missouri SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to stop distracted driving. Fifty schools throughout Missouri, including El Dorado Springs High School, are participating in the community-wide IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign designed to educate Missouri teens about the many distractions they encounter behind the wheel. Distraction remains the primary reason that car crashes are the number one killer of teens. This is why, the core message of the campaign is, “Drive Responsibly. There’s only ONE you.”
At El Dorado Springs High School, the Comprehensive Guidance Program and SADD club are pairing up to spread the word about distracted driving through school media and guidance lessons in the classroom.
To take part in this campaign, schools had to register in the fall. Then, students from 50 participating schools will be presented a free t-shirt after submitting a completed parent-teen driving contract to their advisors. The t-shirts have proved to be an effective tool to get students talking about the dangers of distracted driving, but many schools aren’t stopping there. Students and advisors are carrying this message out into the community – with posters, thumb bands, belt checks and other materials that would spark conversation between teens and adults about safe driving practices.
The IT ONLY TAKES ONE campaign has been made possible by grants received from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.
ACT Missouri is the statewide training and resource center for substance abuse prevention. Through free trainings, brochures and education, ACT Missouri works with all areas of the state to combat drug and alcohol abuse, especially among Missouri youth. ACT Missouri also serves at the state representative for national organizations such as SADD and The Partnership at Drugfree.org.