TXT U L8R (Text You Later)
Texting while driving has quickly become one of the greatest hazards on the road. It causes 1.6 million car crashes and 330,000 injuries per year, and caused 2,715 teen deaths in 2015.
As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state, we see the terrible injuries that result from these crashes all too often. And we also care for these patients during the rehabilitation process as they confront their often very serious limitations of movement, thinking and speaking.
It is heartbreaking to see so much pain and struggle when the cause is completely preventable.
That's why UVM Medical Center and the Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the UVM College of Medicine created "TXT U L8R" a unique program designed to discourage individuals from texting while driving.
Key elements include the presentation of a realistic trauma scenario, a testimonial from the victim of an accident caused by a teen driver who was texting, and a demonstration of several smartphone apps designed to prevent texting while driving. You can find all of this content on this page, and also links to videos with powerful anti-texting messages.
For more information, read the blog post TEXT U L8R (Text You Later) or view the video below.
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What You Can Do
Fortunately, there are many ways to keep both adults and teens from putting ourselves and other drivers in grave danger.
- Call/text BEFORE driving to let parents/friends know when you'll arrive.
- Don't take your phone with you
- Turn your phone off or put it on vibrate
- Ask your passengers to text or call for you
- Passengers: ask the driver not to text or talk
- Pull over to a safe location to text or talk
- Use a texting and driving app
But the most effective way is for you to decide that you are not going to be the cause of a needless tragedy and turn off your phone while driving.
Testimonials From High School Students
"I had a strong reaction to the trauma simulation and found it very effective. I never want to be put there or in that situation."
"After hearing the victim tell her story I will never text and drive."
"This program was great - it made you more aware of how your choices affect others."
"More people should be required to go to this."
Many thanks to the following partners for making this program possible:
- Children's Miracle Network
- TextLess Live More
- Trauma service at UVM Medical Center
- UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory
- Vermont Youth Safety Council
- Vermont Department of Health
- Youth Safety Council of Vermont