From all of us here at Sutliff & Stout, we would like to congratulate the 2017 Sutliff & Stout First Step Scholarship Contest recipient, Kaitlyn McKinney
Young Drivers are Disproportionately Killed in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15 – 24 years olds. According to the U.S. government, 3,154 people were killed and approximately 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. The actual number of accidents due to distracted driving were likely much higher.
It is not debatable whether distracted driving is a public safety problem; it is. The problem is particularly pervasive among young drivers. We must find a way to stop distracted driving.
The first step towards changing any behavioral change is to admit that a problem exists. Many of us criticize others for their distracted driving habits, but how many of us are willing to look inward to examine our own choices behind the wheel?
The “First Step” to Distraction-Free Driving Scholarship
In an effort to reduce the devastating consequences of distracted driving among young drivers, the auto accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout are offering a $2,500 scholarship to students.
We are asking students to write an essay of at least 500 words detailing their most common distracted driving habits, and to describe the concrete steps they will take to put an end to those habits.
- Applicants must be EITHER out-going high school seniors (graduating summer 2018) OR students currently enrolled in a college, trade school, or university as of the start of the fall 2018 semester.
- Must submit essay by Wednesday, August 1, 2018
What do I need to write about in my essay?
We want to encourage students to examine their driving habits and identify ways in which they commonly become distracted behind the wheel. These could include obvious examples such as texting, tweeting, or changing music, or a less obvious example like turning to talk to friends or simply playing the music so loudly that they cannot hear other vehicles. Next, we want students to consider and document concrete steps to ending those distracted driving behaviors.
What is the deadline for submission?
Applications must be received by no later than Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
When will the winner be selected and notified?
A winner will be selected by no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018.