Roadwatch Lifeguards On DutyPosted: Updated:
Lifeguards were on duty today but instead of watching the pools, they were watching the roads. Summer months are the deadliest ones for teen drivers. An average of 17 teens die in car accidents everyday. Eighty seven percent of those accidents are due to distractions like food, cell phones, applying makeup and changing the radio. Allstate insurance and Selah High School students teamed up to bring awareness to Yakima drivers. "We're going to gain visibility from drivers maybe paying more attention on the road out there. As you can see there are lots of distractions," said Allstate spokesperson Lindsay Pease. The Yakima Action Against Distraction Roadwatch Lifeguards met today at the busy intersection of First Street and Nob Hill during morning rush hour to count the number of distracted drivers. During stoplights, the lifeguards encouraged each other and other drivers to stay focused on the road. In two hours, the Roadwatch Lifeguards saw close to 200 distracted drivers. The most common distractions this morning were eating in the car and using cell phones. One volunteer says today will make him think twice before using his cell phone. "It makes you more aware of it when you see so many people on the street doing it everyday. Its something I need to start watching out for cause I do it too every once in a while,"said Selah volunteer Jon Duckworth. Allstate will be in Pasco this afternoon tallying up the number of distracted drivers there. The cities of Yakima and Pasco are competing for safer drivers. The city with the least amount of distracted drivers will be awarded a $2,000 check. The winner will be announced tonight at the Tri-City Dust Devils game. Allstate will be handing out hands-free headsets to the first 1,000 fans at the ballpark. The hands-free driving law will begin July 1st so be sure to get one soon.