May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
We can all remember how fun it was to drive as a teenager, what is more difficult is to remember what it was like to be a teenager. Teens are distracted easily and have an unlimited amount of electronic distractions (calls, texting, music and social media apps). Driving safely was difficult enough when I was younger and we didn't have cell phones.
Getting a drivers license is one of the greatest memories I have and the freedom to drive around town and pick up all my friends was exciting, but I know it was nerve racking for my parents. I can still remember my first accident when I was a senior in high school. Another driver blew through a stop sign and t-boned my car, causing a total loss but fortunately no injuries to myself or my passenger.
Car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths. We can never be too safe or vigilant.
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month is a program of the National Organization for Youth Safety, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, DriveItHome (an initiative of the National Safety Council) and other partners.
The goal is to empower young people to lead projects and programs across the country addressing the issue of teen motor vehicle crashes. The campaign gets under way each year during a high-risk time for young drivers: prom, graduation and summer driving.
Statistics from National Organization for Youth Safety:
- 66% of teen passengers who die in a crash are not wearing a seat belt
- 58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted
- 25% of car crashes involved an underage drinking driver
- 5% of teen deaths in crashes are pedestrians and 10% are bicyclists
Some Rules To Consider
- No cell phones while driving
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol or drugs
- No driving or riding without a seat belt
Make sure your young drivers know the rules, while the rate of teen driver-involved crashes has declined significantly over the last decade, there is still significant work to be done.