YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24.
The campaign aims to help parents talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.
“Even though your teens might be gaining some independence and getting older, protecting them from harm shouldn’t stop now,” said Tricy Cushner, board chair at ASK. “The ‘5 to Drive’ campaign will give parents the tools they need to keep their teen drivers safe.”
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens 15 to 19 years old. In 2013, 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers were involved in fatal crashes. The “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for parents to share with their teen drivers:
1. No Drinking and Driving – Nearly 19 percent of the young drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, even though they were too young to legally buy or possess alcohol.
2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back – It is reported that 64 percent of all the young (13- to 19-year-old) passengers of teen drivers 15-19 years old who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 weren’t restrained.
3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All –The age group of 15 to 19 years old has the highest percentage of drivers who were distracted by cell phone use and involved in a fatal crash. In 2013, 156 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver.
4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You – In 2013, almost 29 percent of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding.
5. No More Than One Passenger at a Time – The risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger.
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