Teen Driver Safety
getting behind the wheel for the first time means INDEPENDENCE for many teens,
earning a driver’s license is a huge responsibility.
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
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.
2007 Congress established National Teen Driver Safety Week which is recognized
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.
and maturity, combined with behind-the-wheel driving experience, improve
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.