Northbrook teens looking to reduce risk of Illinois car accidents

Teens in Northbrook, Illinois are among those at 300 high schools that signed a pledge to fight distracted driving. As we continue to report, teens are at high risk of Chicago car accidents caused by text messaging, talking on a cell phone and other forms of distracted driving.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers frequently report on the risks and encourage parents to make safe driving a regular topic of conversation with their teens. As we reported recently on our Chicago Car Accident Lawyers Blog, a nationwide contest aims to encourage teens to develop public-service announcements warning of the dangers.Now the News Blaze reports the Allstate Foundation and Channel One news are sponsoring the “X the TXT” pledge last week. When all the pledges are in, the winning school will receive a $10,000 grant. Rising music star Ashlyne Huff will also perform a concert at the winning school.

“By harnessing the power of positive peer influence, these students are leading the charge against the texting epidemic to make roads safer now as well as for the next generation of drivers,” said Allstate spokeswoman Joan Walker. “Public awareness campaigns like Allstate’s X the TXT movement, SAVE 11 and Family Driving Challenge have helped fuel the conversation on distracted driving and educate America on the power of uniform, enforced graduated driver licensing laws to protect our youngest drivers from dangerous driving situations.”

The Allstate Foundation has found that about half of teens admit the being distracted by text messaging behind the wheel. Yet 82 percent still admit to using a cell phone while driving.

This is the third year for the pledge competition.

Those seeking more information on the pledge or on teen safe driving can visit

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the Chicago personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes offer free case evaluations to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.

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