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Caltrans launches interactive game to teach teen drivers safe driving skills in highway work zones

SACRAMENTO – In an effort to fight distracted driving and raise public awareness during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 19 to 25, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is joining with the Office of Traffic Safety and California Highway Patrol to launch an interactive, mobile and online game called “Distraction Zone” that helps educate teen drivers about safe driving. 

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States.   

“Playing the Distraction Zone game will provide teens with lifelong skills that will not only help keep these young drivers safe, but protect highway workers,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

According to 2012 data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Association, among drivers 15- to 19-years-old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by their phones. 

Speeding is also a common contributing factor in fatal crashes. In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48 percent) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year-old drivers.

The Distraction Zone game is specifically designed to reinforce key safe driving behaviors like avoiding distractions, being alert, and slowing down when approaching highway work zones. 

The mobile and online format helps get teen drivers engaged while actively learning safe driving skills.  

Mobile versions of the game are available for download on the App Store and Google Play and the online version is played at www.DistractionZone.com . As always, teens should not play the game or text while driving.

An added incentive to entice teen game play is a contest being run by the campaign’s media partner, iHeart Media. 

The Distraction Zone contest invites teen players to submit their highest game score for a chance to win cash prizes. The top prize, donated by iHeart Media, is $500. 

Players can play multiple times to achieve their best score and enter the contest between now and June 15, 2015.

The Distraction Zone campaign also includes a safe driving education program for high schools called the Distraction Zone School Challenge. 

This program calls on student leaders to create an on-campus traffic safety event as part of a competition to win a cash grant up to $2,000 for their school, which is also donated by iHeart Media. 

Applications to enter the competition are due by Dec. 1, 2014.

For more information on Caltrans’ teen safe driving campaign and the Distraction Zone programs, visit www.BeWorkZoneAlert.com .

 

Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings perform Nov. 1 at Soper Reese

Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings perform Nov. 1 at Soper Reese

LAKEPORT, Calif. – KPFZ, Lake County Community Radio will present a night of music and dancing to the music of Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings band on Saturday, Nov...

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 23:22 )

Tickets still available for Habitat for Humanity dinner

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Time is running out to get your tickets for the 13th annual Saw Shop Gallery Bistro benefit dinner for Habitat for Humanity Lake County.

The dinner w...

Friends of the Library plan Nov. 1 book sale

Friends of the Library plan Nov. 1 book sale

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The sale will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport ...

Literacy program plans November trainings

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Lake County Library Literacy Program is having a training for volunteer tutors Nov. 10, 17 and 24.

The trainings will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 ...

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission meets monthly

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Vikings of Lake Lodge plan Nov. 9 presentation on 'Viking Battalion'

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – In honor of Veterans Day, the Sons of Norway Vikings of Lake Lodge No. 6-166 will host a presentation on the 99th Infantry Battalion – otherwise kno...

Nonprofit workshop offered Oct. 25 at Mendocino College

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Nonprofit leaders from Lake and Mendocino counties are invited to register for a one-day workshop at the Mendocino College Lake Center.

The session will...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 October 2014 16:10 )

Flotilla to meet Oct. 25

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 88 of Lake County will meet a week later in October.

This month's meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, O...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 October 2014 05:18 )

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