If we would think about it, distracted driving has been around for decades. Some of us remember being distracted by kids, radios and jamming 8-track players.  We may snicker about the old days of what we would consider today as "distracted driving", however it is far more serious when people are losing their lives.

There is a classroom campaign going on in the Cowboy State to try and put an end to distracted driving. Experts say that texting while driving can boost the risk of a crash by a factor of 23.

This certainly should be getting our attention when a reported 25% of distracted-driving crashes in Wyoming involve our teens.

Thankfully, these numbers have caught the attention of our Governor, Matt Mead, who showed how serious he is about it by signing a proclamation, marking May as "Youth Traffic Safety Month."

Please have conversations with your children about the dangers of texting while driving. Also, we as parents need to make sure that we are setting a good example for our kids by staying off the phone while driving.

Do what you can to communicate this message and avoid being the next parent whose teen fell prey to distracted-driving. Talk about good driving habits frequently with those you love and may we all arrive at our destinations safely.