Attorney Michael Morse gives Detroit Public School Students $25,000 in scholarships for Anti-texting and driving videos. The MorseCode competition comes just in time to remind teens and other drivers of the dangers on the road this Summer.
Here are some tips from Michael Morse to help teens make life saving decisions this season.
1. Discuss the plans: Open the lines of communication. Share who, what, when, where, why before hitting the road. Any changes to the planned events require informing parents of the changes.
2. Come up with a safety code: A simple code can be used if a teen should face an uncomfortable situation and need an exit. Teens can text a short code meaning he/she needs to picked up discretely or has arrived safely to a destination.
3. Check-in and track: Today's tech advancements make it easy to know where your teen is coming or going. Cell phones carriers such as Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all have tracking capabilities. For an additional monthly fee, wireless companies provide a service where family members can be located simply through a cell phone or PC. Download an app, such as Life360, Facebook Places or Loopt onto a cell phone and teens can "check-in" when they are at a certain place.
4. Take a pledge: Silence the cell phone when driving. Pull over and park if a call needs to be made. Keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times. This means absolutely no texting, calling, or surfing the web while driving. Ask when driving with others to do the same.
5. Communicate with other parents: Not all parents share the belief in zero-tolerance when it comes to alcohol use or share the same rules when behind the wheel. A simple phone call to other parents can make a big difference in knowing the who, where and what.