National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20-26th is National Teen Driver Safety Week

“October 20-26th is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens’ choices behind the wheel. Help your kids make safe decisions as new drivers, and set a good example by putting your phone away when you’re in the car.”

That’s the Youth Safety Council’s message this week, heard on the radio in Vermont. Download it here!

In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver (15-18 years old), of which 755 deaths were the teen driver — a 3% decrease from 2016. In fact, in 2017, there were an estimated 93,000 teen drivers injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and an estimated 293,000 people injured in crashes involving a teen driver, accounting for an estimated 11% of all those injured that year.

Help us highlight how important it is for experienced drivers to be a good example to young, new and impressionable drivers who are still learning the habits of safety mindedness. Be a safe driver, without distractions, for your safety and to make sure the next generation of drivers keep everybody safe, too.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road, now in its 12th year. For more info see https://www.teendriversource.org/advocacy-education/national-teen-driver-safety-week or https://www.nhtsa.gov/teen-driving/protect-your-teen-driver

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