'Drive Nice Day' message to drivers: Put down the cell phone

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed today "Drive Nice Day." It's an event that happens every year the week before Memorial Day weekend and was created by a driving school called Swerve.

This year, Swerve is putting the emphasis on teen drivers. The organization has posted a series of videos on the Drive Nice Day website. All of the videos have been made by high school students and viewers can vote for their favorite one.  Some of them are funny, but the message is the same: Put down the cell phone. Don't drive distracted.

The Drive Nice Day website has a big banner that states the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35 is motor vehicle collisions.

The website has some driving tips geared toward younger, newer drivers, but they apply to everyone:

*Let your eyes lead your steering. 
*If you see an obstruction in the road, look to where you want to go and your steering will follow. 
*Be as smooth as you can, easing on and off the gas and brakes.
*Check your mirrors.
*Put passengers to work. Have them answer the phone or deal with other distractions.
 

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