It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

Established by Congress in 2007, National Teen Driver Safety Week is conducted annually during the third week of October in the United States.

You’ve heard the statistics:

  • Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 16-19 years old.
  • Teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers.
  • Each year, more than 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Research shows which behaviors contribute to teen-related crashes. These are: inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, drug use, drinking and driving. Teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population, despite the fact they cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcohol in any state.

According to statistics on http://www.distraction.gov, 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 that were involved in fatal car crashes were distracted. And 40% of teens reported being in a car where the driver used a hand-held device in a way that endangered passengers and other drivers on the road. Drivers using hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to be in a car crash. The risk of a car crash while texting is 23 times worse than that of driving without being distracted.

http://www.teendriversource.org – We can all help keep teens safe on the road. Whether you’re a teen, parent, policymaker, educator, or researcher, this site will support your efforts with free information and downloadable resources.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a multi-tiered strategy to help prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers: increasing seat belt use, implementing graduated driver licensing, reducing teens’ access to alcohol, and parental responsibility. At this site you’ll find talking points, media tools, collateral materials and various other marketing materials designed to be tailored to maximize your local outreach efforts to various key audiences.

http://www.ridelikeafriend.comRide Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care is a peer-to-peer initiative focused on the relationship between teen drivers and their teen passengers.

http://www.teensdrivesmart.com – Teens Drive Smart, a teen driving safety education program presented by Bridgestone. This site has information for kids, parents, and teachers as well as teens. A page of resources includes driving tips, stat sheets, and state driving laws.

TEENS: Learn five quick things you can say when confronted with a friend who is driving distracted.

KIDS: Do you have what it takes to get your back seat driver’s license?

PARENTS: Print out a Teen Driving Contract (PDF)

TEACHERS/HOMESCHOOLERS: Download free curriculum for Middle School and High School

Join a live Twitter Chat on October 18th! Share what you are doing — and learn about what others are doing —  for National Teen Driver Safety Week and throughout the year. For details, click here.

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