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Teen Traffic Safety: It Takes a Village

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens today, and teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at three times the rate of adult drivers. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2010 seven teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Reducing these statistics takes a long-term commitment from everyone involved in a teen’s life.

Making Some ‘NOYS’ on Teen Distracted Driving

Do you know the number one cause of death for teens? Recently, I watched a video of high school teens who tried to answer that question. A few of them answered the question correctly, but a majority of those who answered, answered it wrong. In case you don’t know, car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in the United States, and around the globe.

Parents: Set the Rules With Your Teens Before They Hit the Road

When a teen driver is getting ready to hit the road, a parent’s job isn’t done. In fact, talking to your kids about the dangers of driving is one of the best things you can do to keep them safe. Tragically, many parents just assume their teens get this information elsewhere, so they don’t have the conversation. October 19-25 is Teen Driver Safety Week, and it’s a great time for you to talk to your teen driver about the risks he faces.

Teen Drugged Driving: 3 Steps for Safer Roads

The number one cause of death for teens is car crashes. In part, this is because of their inexperience in driving. When drugs are added to the mix, the risk increases dramatically. Many drugs, including prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs, affect our mental and/or physical abilities, which mean our ability to drive is also impaired. In this article you will learn about the dangers, and what three steps you can take to become aware and proactive in ending this killer.

RADD-ONDCP Teen Drugged Driving Summit

On July 11, 2014, RADD and the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) co-hosted the nation's first ever comprehensive public forum on teen drugged driving. The summit brought together government leaders, scientific experts and community leaders for an in-depth discussion on the latest research and strategies to protect young drivers.

Teens and Trucks: 5 Tips To Be A Safer Driver Around Trucks

Too many drivers of passenger cars, especially young people ages 16 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves by failing to recognize that trucks and cars differ significantly in their handling characteristics. To help educate teens about these differences, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in collaboration with other organizations and support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), developed Teens and Trucks.

Teen Driver Safety: Parents, There Is More To Do

Traffic crashes are the number one killer of teens ages 14-18 and if that isn’t startling enough, half of the teens killed in crashes are the drivers themselves. In 2011 over half of the teen occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts.

Teen Driving Safety: Do You Know Everything?

October 20-26, 2013 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. What is that, you ask? Shortly after a series of deadly teen crashes in 2007, Congress passed a resolution declaring the third week in October to be National Teen Driver Safety Week. Its purpose: to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and encourage safe driving by teens.

School Safety: Buses, Bicyclists and Pedestrians—Oh My!

Everywhere in the United States our youth are going back to school after a summer of fun and excitement. With children walking to school, riding bicycles or on the school bus, we need to remain alert to the dangers so no child is injured, or worse, killed. It is time to refocus our attention while driving.

Speeding and Teenagers: Watch Out Parents–It’s a Deadly Combination

“Speeding” and “Teenagers.” Individually each has a potential risk, but when combined together, the danger on our highways grows exponentially. This article will review the facts and provide a few tips on what we can do to make sure that more teens are not killed speeding down the highway.

The Long Short Walk: Walking for Safe Roads

May 6-12 is the Second UN Global Road Safety Week, an international effort focusing on pedestrian safety. Around the world, pedestrian deaths make up one-fourth of all road fatalities. Over 100 countries are holding events to draw attention to the needs of pedestrians and provide the momentum to do more.

Distracted Driving: Put the Phone Down and Drive

We see one headline after another, and we read about the death of someone’s son or daughter, or of someone’s mother or father, because someone was texting while driving. We hear the stories, we see the images, we know the dangers, and yet it still continues. Distracted driving comes in many forms, but making a call on a cell or texting while driving are the two high profile activities in distracted driving discussions.