National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 15-21, 2017
Williams County Safe Communities is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15-21) to encourage all parents to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.
“Parents have a very strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said Peg Buda, Safe Communities Coordinator from the Williams County Health Department. “NHTSA offers parents and caregivers tips and a framework to talk to their teen drivers about risky driving behaviors that can lead to fatal consequences.”
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. In 2015, 1,972 teen passenger-vehicle drivers (15 to 18 years old) were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in 2,207 deaths nationwide, of which 1,730 were teens. An estimated 99,000 teen drivers of passenger vehicles were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
Parents can play an important role in helping ensure their teen drivers take smart steps to stay safe on the road.
NHTSA gives parents tips on how to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens and to address the most dangerous and deadly driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers.
Click here for the parent news release on Preparing Your Teen Driver for the Road Ahead
Click here for the Six Tips for Safer Driving for Teens