October 15-20, 2007 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. This is a perfect time for schools, organizations and families to bring attention to the issue of teen driving safety. And to take eight positive steps that can prevent teen crashes, injuries and fatalities.
In case you don't know:
Teen driving crashes are usually caused by teens with little experience behind the wheel.
Some 7,500 teens die each year in vehicle crashes. Some 300,000 are injured, many with life changing injuries. To prevent this tragedy in your family, there are steps you can take.
A study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed 11,000 fatal teen crashes and found that, on average, each crash killed two other innocent people. Other motorists, passengers, pedestrians and even bicyclists. What additional legal and financial burdens does this put on surviving parents?
Who is most able to impact this national tragedy? Parents. Teen driving safety is all about parenting. Your kids are under your control, both ethically and legally. Take this upcoming week to get on board and do the "parenting thing" with your kids. For a specific 8-step action plan, click here.
What Our Congressmen Have Done
On September 5, 2007, The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill introduced by Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA), establishing every third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. An identical bill, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was submitted in the U.S. Senate. National Teen Driver Safety Week concentrates national attention on the development and communication of effective methods to help reduce crashes involving teen drivers.
Your can read the House bill here, and the Senate bill here.
Then...you might ask what you can do as parents of a teen about to drive or already on the road. Here's an 8-step plan of attack that we encourage you to start this very week!