Fourth grade students at Mount Prospect Elementary School got the chance to promote safer driving habits to high school drivers recently thanks to a persuasive writing assignment. Teachers from the elementary school asked local law enforcement officers for a topic suggestion that might be beneficial to the surrounding community, and representatives from the area police department recommended the students attempt to discourage young drivers from sending and reading text messages while operating a moving motor vehicle. Several fourth grade students conducted research on the topic before they made posters and wrote essays about the dangers of distracted driving. The fourth graders also gave a presentation at last month’s school assembly in an effort to encourage drivers, both teens and adults, to pay more attention to their surroundings when they’re behind the wheel of a vehicle in motion. The fourth graders invited several students from a nearby high school to listen to their persuasive essays detailing the reasons not to engage in text messaging while driving. In addition to the essays, each student produced a poster discouraging distracted driving habits. The student was then required to take the poster to a local business where they requested that the poster be hung on display.
As an auto accident lawyer in Oakland, I have seen the tragic consequences that result when drivers stop paying attention to their responsibilities on the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident linked to distracted driving, please consider contacting an Oakland personal injury attorney.