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Teen & Distracted Driving 

The CDC reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. 

In 2014, 2,138 teens ages 15 to 19 died in motor vehicle crashes.

Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries. 

Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.


7 Keys to Driving Safely: Make these a part of your family agreement

       1. Buckle up: every person, every time. 

       2. Don’t drink and drive. 

       3. Limit the number of passengers in a car.

       4. Don’t text and drive.

       5. Follow the speed limit. 

       6. Only drive in the dark after extra practice. 

       7. Speak up when any driver is driving unsafely.

 
1 in 10

One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.*

17x

Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking.

 

Additional Resources


Parents Are the Key                    National Safety Council                   Teen SMART Driving Progam                   Motor Vehicle Fact Sheet 


Safe Kids Worldwide              Risky Behaviors of Teen Drivers Infographic               Parent-Teen Driver's Agreement Downloadable PDF