Monday, October 20, 2008

National Teen Driver Safety Week

In 2006, more than 5,000 teens lost their lives in teen driver-related crashes, and most were preventable. Last October, the U.S. Congress proclaimed the third week of October as National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) in a Joint Resolution. This year’s awareness week, which takes place October 19-25th, is rallying schools and communities to raise awareness of the risks involved and possible solutions to the high rate of crashes involving teen drivers and their teen passengers. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has listened to the voices of more than 700 teen drivers and passengers for the purpose of developing a research-based online campaign toolkit of activities and messages. This toolkit, available at, is for use during NTDSW, or throughout the year, by youth-led and youth-serving groups within schools.

One way you can help teen drivers is by reminding students to always wear their safety belts every time they are in a vehicle and to ensure that all passengers in their vehicles are properly restrained. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of teens killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing a seat belt.

Check out this statistic from
Studies confirm:
  • Teen Drivers + Peer Passengers = Higher Fatal Crash
  • Risk 1 passenger = 2x Fatal Crash
  • Risk 3 or more passengers = 4–5x Fatal Crash Risk


  1. It is great that you are raising awareness around the issues of teen driver safety. Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 cause of death among teens in the U.S.

    At State Farm, we are doing what we can to help parents with teen drivers. State Farm, together with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, conducted a comprehensive study regarding teens and driving. We think this study will help parents better understand the issues teen drivers and help them better communicate to their teens. The results of the study are available at:

    Besides the following State Farm website designed just for parents with teen drivers,, do you recommend other resources that would help parents with teen drivers? State Farm is currently gathering insights from people to help them around what we call “I’m there” moments such as teen driving.

    I hope you found our information helpful. Thanks.

  2. Hi
    Recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  3. Great blog. I agree with Miguel above...thanks for helping to raise awareness around teen driving safely.

    As the mother of a teen who will be driving next year. I am all for anything that will keeps kids safer on the road.