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National Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a week when all of us should take the time to encourage safety behind the wheel for our teenage drivers on today’s roadways. Teen driver safety has shown some improvements in recent years, as the number of teenagers who died in motor vehicle accidents declined by 50% from 2003-2012 (5,718 deaths in 2003 to just 2,823 in 2012). Additionally, the number of teenage drivers involved in deadly accidents decreased by an impressive 52% over the same time frame (1). Sadly, however, despite these changes, motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and in the year 2012 alone, 60% of teens who died in motor vehicle accidents were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. As such, it’s essential for parents to set a good example for teens and all passengers by wearing a seat belt every time they’re in the car (3).

5 Tips for Safe Teen Drivers (2)

  1. Never Drink and Drive
  2. Always Wear a Seat Belt, No Matter How Short the Trip
  3. Never Text or Talk on the phone and Drive
  4. Don’t Speed
  5. Only Drive with One Passenger in the Car

References

  1. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Fatality facts 2010: teenagers 2012. Arlington, VA: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; 2014. Available at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/fatalityfacts/teenagers/2012External
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – “5 to Drive”
  3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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