“Too many young people are driving without their seat belts, under the influence, or with cell phones in hand,” says National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland.
He has the numbers to back up the statement: “16-to-20-year olds are twice as likely to be killed in a crash involving alcohol, two and a half times more likely to die while driving or riding unbuckled, and three times as likely as the average American to die in a speed-related crash.” Strickland presented the information in recent Fast Lane blog post.
Utah citizens have been touched by tragedy recently — just check the news to see stories about teen drivers involved in serious or fatal crashes. Parents of teens, teachers and teen drivers need to find ways to encourage teens to make safe driving choices and citizens need to support effective public policy changes.
NHTSA advocates a “a diversified safety approach that supports good laws, strong enforcement, education, and parental involvement to reduce the number of young driver fatalities on our roadways.”
The State of Utah is following suit with its own programs. Zero Fatalities is actively involved in teaching the dangers of inattentive driving in Utah schools with presentations in drivers education classes. The presentations address four areas: drowsy, distracted, impaired, and aggressive driving and not buckling up.
Now through January 1, one blog post per week with emphasize safe driving. Check back to read tips and get resources for helping the teens in your life make safe driving choices.