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Teen Driver Safety

While getting behind the wheel for the first time means INDEPENDENCE for many teens, earning a driver’s license is a huge responsibility.
 
Drivers must evaluate complex situations, make split second decisions, and perform intricate maneuvers.  Lack of experience and risk taking can create a potentially lethal mix for young drivers.
 
In fact, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16-24 year olds. In Pennsylvania, from 2009 to 2014, there were 113,029 crashes involving at least one 16 to 19-year old driver, resulting in 859 fatalities.
 
In 2007 Congress established National Teen Driver Safety Week which is recognized the third

week of October to raise awareness about teens’ elevated crash risks and to start a dialogue on the issue of driver safety and in-car responsibility among teens, their parents, and civic leaders.
 
Age and maturity, combined with behind-the-wheel driving experience, improve driving ability.
 
Remember, all of us can play a part in teen driver safety by setting a good example for our teens every time we get behind the wheel; it’s a partnership among all of us.