Teens in Minnesota Compete for Chance to Have Distracted Driving Commerical Air on MTV

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Teens and distracted driving will be the subject of a commerical during the MTV Video Music Awards this summer

I’d like to write that I’m not guilty of distracted driving, but I am, and I’m most certainly not proud of it. It’s not against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving in Colorado. And while it may or not be illegal to check emails on a smart phone (although I’m pretty sure it is), it’s still wrong and yet, I do it. I’m trying to cut down and/or not do it at all, but I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say it happens at times.

Part of my impetus to quit is thinking about how my daughters will one day become drivers and I don’t want to set bad examples for them (it is definitely illegal in Colorado for teen drivers to talk or text while driving). Distracted driving is so incredibly risky and dumb, and teens (or anyone else for that matter, really) don’t need any excuse to not pay full attention when they’re driving what could be a death machine.

The Automobile Association of America and the state of Minnesota get the risks of distracted driving, particularly for teens, which is why they’ve launched a contest challenging high school drivers to produce an ad about the dangers of it. The winner will pocket $1,000 and see their spot air during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in August. How smart and cool is that?

The contest is now down to five finalists and the winner will be decided by you. You have until May 24 to vote by clicking here.

Are you guilty of distracted driving?

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