Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving
The Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving education program allows schools or community organizations to choose their own level of participation. Materials are FREE. Pledge cards, posters or banners will be shipped to qualified organizations in North Dakota at NO CHARGE.
Each of these links provides useful elements for talking to teens (or teens to share) about the dangers of distracted driving and how to protect themselves and others.
North Dakota high schools can participate at their own pace. Contact us for more information, to order materials and to get started with your school’s Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving education.
The Pledge Wall
- Promote the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving pledge and give students an opportunity to display their pledge cards.
- Select a wall in a high traffic area (such as an entrance foyer, stair landing or cafeteria) of your school and dedicate it to display the signed pledge cards.
- Code for the Road will supply a display banner to serve as a header for your school’s Pledge Wall.
- Have students tape pledges to the wall or other mounted surface under the banner.
- Set up a pledge collection table where students can receive, sign and turn in pledge cards and receive a lanyard card to keep. Organize set times each day or each week when the table will be “manned” for students to ask questions and turn in their pledge cards. Announce these times over the PA and through other communications with students.
- The lanyard card will remind them of their pledge. The lanyard card also fits on a key ring. You may find ways to reward the “lanyard” cardholders with special privileges, such as entering an event early or going to the head of the line.
- Pledge cards and lanyard cards will be shipped to you at your request.
- Consider giving a reward or form of acknowledgement for students who collect pledges among their classmates.
- Continue to collect pledges over time to encourage driving distraction free.
- A vinyl banner can be provided to you to display at your school parking lot or stadium—any location to remind teen passengers that they can Speak Up! for their own safety in a vehicle.
Classroom Presentation and Other Information
- Share distracted driving prevention information with parents and teachers
- Enlist a school champion or committee to organize classroom (or larger group) presentations or workshops. A speaker can be provided.
- Recruit a student advocate group to take the lead in distracted driving prevention, pledge collection and any other activities that are suited to your school.
- Make a plan for Teen Driver Safety Week in October each year, as well as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
- Let students know that education about the risks of distracted driving is critical for their safety and survival.
Share your Success
- Share your activities and successes with Code for the Road and NDTeenDrivers on Facebook.
- Provide feedback on the program so that we can make improvements and be more effective in reducing crashes, deaths and injuries among teen drivers in North Dakota.
Sign the Pledge
- Sign the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving pledge and take positive actions to protect your own safety in a vehicle.
- Display your pledge on your school’s Pledge Wall, on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
- Talk to your friends and family and encourage them to sign the pledge too.
Be a Leader
- Start your own student group to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving and ways that it can be prevented.
- Work with your school counselor or other faculty members to organize classroom presentations or workshops about distracted driving.
- Plan school activities for Teen Driver Safety Week in October, Distracted Driving Month in April or other times throughout the year.
- Use your student group to enlist local employers or businesses to help promote the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving campaign.
- Use the tools and facts of the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving program to get media attention in your community—talk to local radio and newspaper contacts, under the guidance of a counselor or faculty member.
Join the Conversation
- Find NDTeenDrivers on Facebook and Twitter and share your thoughts.
- NDDOT is always interested in the participation of teen panel members in discussions about traffic safety issues for young drivers and passengers. If you are interested, contact us and mention “Teen Panel.”
Parents remain the biggest influence on teenagers. As parents, you have the most critical interest in getting your teen through the high-risk years as a young driver.
- Be a good role model. Show your teen that you put the phone away and avoid other distractions while driving.
- Talk to your teen about the risks of distracted driving. Start discussing safe and responsible driving with your child even before he or she is ready to drive.
- Take the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving pledge and encourage your family and friends to take the pledge as well.
- Join the conversation with Code for the Road on Facebook and Twitter.
- Offer to volunteer at your school for distracted driving presentations, workshops, interactive activities, or other events. You could enlist medical professionals, judges, or law enforcement to help provide risk management education for the students.
- Let the school know if your business, employer or organization will help support distracted driving prevention in your community through donations, materials or other sponsorships.
Use a selection of these sources to integrate under your own Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving program.
- Free presentation from the Casey Feldman Foundation
- Public Address Announcements
- Fact Sheet
- Email/Message for Parents
- Social Media
- Ideas for Interactive Learning
- List of Possible Presenters
- Impact Your School Facilitator Guide (Impact Teen Drivers)
- Distracted Driving Facts
- Distance Traveled Graphic
- Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving Media Tips
The items shown below are available to the schools. These items can be ordered free of charge and will be shipped directly to the school. Get help putting your program together or if you have questions, contact us.
- Poster: 18″ X 12″ to display throughout the schools.
- Pledge Card: 6″ X 4.25″ Sign the Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving Pledge and take positive actions to protect your own safety in a vehicle. Display your pledge on your school’s Pledge Wall.
- Lanyard Card: 3.5″ X 2″ A visual reminder for students to display on their lanyards or key rings.
- Speak Up! Against Distracted Driving Indoor/Outdoor Banner: 8′ X 3′ A vinyl banner can be provided to you to display at your school parking lot or stadium—any location to remind teen passengers that they can Speak Up!
- Indoor Wall Pledge Banner: 6′ X 16″ Display banner used as a wall header to promote the student pledge cards.
North Dakota Department of Transportation – Distracted Driving
Code for the Road – Hang Up
North Dakota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ad Council
National Road Safety – Programs for Schools and Teens
National Safety Council – Parents of Teen Drivers
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Distraction.gov (U.S. Department of Transportation)
AAA and AAA Foundation
Impact Teen Drivers
U.S. Department of Transportation: Faces of Distracted Driving
Minnesota Public Safety – Distracted Driving Changes Lives
- Supporting research article:
Bridgestone 2013 Teens Drive Smart Finalist
For help putting your program together or if you have questions, contact us. We can also provide an editable version of the Casey Feldman PowerPoint, if you wish.