Generation tXt is a multi-faceted project designed to help young teens and families practice safe driving, specifically by addressing the hazards of texting/emailing while driving.
The project’s goals will be accomplished through culturally appropriate educational and advertising campaigns, concerted efforts to change public policy, and promotion of emerging technology which restricts cell phone use while driving.
Research shows that people who text while driving have a 23 times greater risk of crash or near crash event.
Teen driver statistics indicate that 21% of fatal car crashes in 16-19 year old drivers were the result of cell phone usage.
Despite warnings, 46% of teens polled admitted sending/receiving text messages while driving.
Generation tXt will focus on educating 8th and 9th grade students. These teens are excited about driving; by educating them before they get behind the wheel of a car, they may be less likely to text while driving.
Educational forums will be held in demographically diverse urban settings, incorporating an appealing video, and driving simulators that will allow teens to try driving while texting.
The educational curriculum will be conducted in school settings, driver’s education schools, and community/faith based centers.
Founders: Elena Beene, Sam Bevilacqua, Maurice Colbert, Glade Inhofe, Savannah Nicks, Cameron Richardson, Sahar Shadgoo, Moriah Vanderburg, Carol Bush – Crime Commission Network, Dr. Nancy Inhofe – OU Health Sciences and Judge Linda Morrissey