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 http://www.ntdsw2008.org/, 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 ridelikeafriend.com
- Teen Drivers + Peer Passengers = Higher Fatal Crash
- Risk 1 passenger = 2x Fatal Crash
- Risk 3 or more passengers = 4–5x Fatal Crash Risk