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Over 26% of all US car crashes involve phone use and, unfortunately, young drivers make up the majority of this statistic. Our work in this industry means that we feel we have a responsibility to help raise awareness regarding this issue and to try to encourage young drivers to reflect on their potentially dangerous phone habits.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey “20% of drivers age 18-20 said texting does not affect their driving, and nearly 30% of drivers ages 21-34 said texting has no impact”.
This startling information proves that despite there being laws in many places as a deterrent, and the information already available, phone use and driving are still taking place every day. Statistics show that “At any moment 9% of drivers are talking on a cell phone”; in light of this, we can see how raising awareness about this issue is paramount.
Our scholarship aims to collate written work from young drivers and we hope this ongoing body of work will serve as an addition to phone use and driving safety awareness. This award will be judged on the applicant’s ability to balance up-to-date and reputable research with their own reflections on their age group’s relationship with their phone and driving and the wider impacts this can have.
Please follow the form link to enter the below information to apply:
AutoInsurance.org’s Phone Use and Driving Award
All applications must be submitted by September 15, 2019.
A winner will be selected and notified via email by September 30, 2019.
By submitting an application, we are granted permission to send applicants information regarding their application only, via their submitted email address. No applicants will be contacted regarding anything other than their application and we will remove any information pertaining to applicants at their request.
The winner will be asked if they will grant AutoInsurance.org permission to post their name, school, photo (if submitted), and their essay on AutoInsurance.org or in other communications to promote the scholarship. All information (proof of enrollment, essays, and email) relating to applicants is destroyed as soon as a winner is announced, no information pertaining to applicants is kept on file.
Applicants are not required to pay any fee for this scholarship and applicants are not required to provide any sensitive information.
All submitted photos and essays must be original work of the applicant. Only one submission may be entered per student, per year. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. All scholarships are non-renewable. By submitting an application to AutoInsurance.org’s Phone Use and Driving Award, you certify that all the information you have provided is original, accurate, and complete.