Texting and Driving Prevention Program - TXT U L8R

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TXT U L8R (Text You Later)

Texting while driving has quickly become one of the greatest hazards on the road. It causes 1.6 million car accidents and 330,000 injuries per year, and 11 teen deaths every single day.

As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state, we see the terrible injuries that result from these accidents all too often. And we also care for these patients during the rehabilitation process as they confront their often very serious limitations of movement, thinking and speaking. 

text you laterIt is heartbreaking to see so much pain and struggle when the cause is completely preventable.  

That’s why Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Clinical Simulation Laboratory at the UVM College of Medicine created “TXT U L8R” a unique program designed to discourage high school students from texting while driving.  

Key elements include a demonstration of an advanced driving simulator, presentation of a realistic trauma scenario, a testimonial from the victim of an accident caused by a teen driver who was texting, and a demonstration of several smartphone apps designed to prevent texting while driving. You can find all of this content on this page, and also links to videos with powerful anti-texting messages. 

For more information, read the blog post TEXT U L8R (Text You Later) or view the video below.

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What You Can Do

Fortunately, there are many ways to keep both adults and teens from putting ourselves and other drivers in grave danger:

  • Call/text BEFORE driving to let parents/friends know when you’ll arrive.
  • Don’t take your phone with you.
  • Turn your phone off or put it on vibrate.
  • Ask your passengers to stop you.
  • Ask your passengers to text or call for you.
  • Passengers: ask the driver not to text or talk.
  • Pull over to a safe location to text or talk.
  • Use a texting and driving app.
But the most effective way is for you to decide that you are not going to be the cause of a needless tragedy.  

Testimonials From Highschool Students

"I had a strong reaction to the trauma simulation and found it very effective. I never want to be in that situation.”

“After hearing the victim tell her story, I will never text and drive."

"This program was great. It made you more aware of how your choices affect others."

"More people should be required to go to this.”

Our Partners

Many thanks to the trauma service at Fletcher Allen, the Vermont Youth Safety Council and the Vermont Department of Health for making this program possible.

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