WASHINGTON, D.C. - Car accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, especially if your eyes are on your mobile phone, instead of on the road. AAA and the Department of Transportation are hosting a rally in Washington that aims to make teens more aware of the dangers of distracted driving.
Friday's rally is part of the lead up to the DOT's second annual Distracted Driving Summit, which happens next week.
A recent study from AAA found that teens say they know the hazards of texting and driving, but the overwhelming majority admit they've done it anyway. Over 3,500 teens die in car accidents each year, and an increasing number of those deaths are related to inexperienced drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel.
This year's Washington summit will bring together transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, and victims affected by distraction-related crashes.
In the year since the first summit, dozens of state and local governments have enacted anti-distracted driving legislation. The federal government has also established texting bans for commercial truck and bus drivers.