The Dangers of Social Media and Driving Scholarship
It is common knowledge that texting while driving can cause car accidents. But checking social media on your phone can be just as tempting, and dangerous. Distracted driving is driving without your full attention focused on the road. This includes playing with the radio, or navigation system, talking to passengers, eating, and using your phone to talk, text, or check social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in the U.S. from car accidents due to distracted driving in 2015. Texting for only five seconds while driving at 55 miles per hour is equal to driving the length of a football field – with your eyes closed. Checking your social media accounts carries similar risks. You cannot drive safely unless your full attention is on the road at all times.
Everyone can help save lives by raising awareness about the risks of distracted driving. Burger Law has established a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to students who are passionate about this issue. We all know we should not drive distracted but many of us do. How do we effectively teach that drive time is not screen time to change behavior?
Applicants should be currently enrolled in a graduate school, college or university, or they can be a GED holder who is about to be attending college within the United States. They should also have a GPA of a 3.0 or higher. The recipient of this scholarship will have shown their interest in bringing awareness to the recklessness of checking one’s phone while driving, for any purpose.
If you would like to apply for this scholarship, please submit:
- A transcript,
- A current resume,
- A 500-1,000 word explanation of a public awareness campaign you would create to teach drivers how using social media while driving is just as dangerous as texting and driving.
The deadline is November 30, 2018.
Interested applicants should send their application to [email protected] using this subject line: “[Applicant’s Name] – The Dangers of Social Media and Driving Scholarship” by the November 30 deadline.
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Dangers of Social Media and Driving Scholarship.