Teen Driver Safety

Teens, Young Adults Most Likely to Go to ER After Car Accidents: Report

The CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that teens and young adults are the group most likely to arrive at a hospital emergency department with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The study found race to be another factor that increased an individual’s chances of crash-related emergency room visits, with higher injury rates for blacks than whites or Hispanics.

December Is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is a time to spread awareness of the risks, and strengthening efforts to prevent drugged driving. This blog post highlights the potential fatal outcomes of drugged driving and highlights the efforts of individuals, communities, and states to work toward improving safety. Learn more.

Dangers of Texting and Driving

Liz Marks shares how her accident from texting while driving changed her life. Learn more.

Illinois High School Addresses Teen Traffic Safety Through Service-Learning Approach

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, accounting for approximately one-third of all teenage deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a crash (CDC, 2009).

National Teen Driver Safety Week: 5 to Drive

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killers of teens in America. That's why local and State highway safety and law enforcement organizations are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) to launch a new National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign called “5 to Drive."

Traffic Safety: Keeping Teens Safe behind the Wheel

It’s not surprising that motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among our youth. Motorists need to realize that driving is a privilege, not a right, and it brings with it a tremendous responsibility to exercise good judgment. That includes the responsibility to stay alcohol- and drug-free, each and every time you get behind the wheel.

Driver Safety

Teen motor vehicle crashes can be prevented, and statistics indicate that the annual number of drivers aged 15 to 17 years involved in fatal crashes decreased 48 percent from 2005 to 2014 (Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association (GHSA), 2016). While this is promising, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death among teens; per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal crash (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2017).

Many factors influence teens' crash risk and likelihood for injury or death. These include driving ability, developmental factors, behavioral factors, personality factors, demographics, the perceived environment, and the driving environment (Shope & Bingham, 2008). For example, due to inexperience, teen drivers are more likely to take unnecessary risks including driving without a seatbelt, driving while distracted (e.g., texting, eating), and speeding. Situational factors such as driving at night, driving under the influence, and driving with other teenage passengers also place teens at higher risk (IIHS, 2017).2Prevention efforts to minimize the risk of deaths, injuries, and crashes related to teen driving need to be comprehensive and take into account the complex factors that influence driving. Research has indicated that strategies such as stronger seat belt laws and graduated driver licensing (GDL) have been successful in improving teen driver safety (Masten et. al., 2015).

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2009). Web-based injury statistics query and reporting system (WISQARS). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2010). Drivers Aged 16 or 17 Years Involved in Fatal Crashes—United States, 2004–2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 59(41), 1329-1334. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5941a2.htm?s_cid=mm5941a2_e

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (2017). Fatality Facts: Teenagers (Rep.). Retrieved May 30, 2018 from http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/fatalityfacts/teenager

Fischer, P. (2016). Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Driver Safety, the Next Chapter (Rep.). Washington, DC: Governors Highway Satey Association. Retrieved from https://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2016-12/FINAL_TeenReport16.pdf

Masten, S. V., Thomas, F. D., Korbelak, K. T., Peck, R. C., & Blomberg, R. D. (2015, November). Meta-analysis of graduated driver licensing laws. (Report No. DOT HS 812 211). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/812211-metaanalysisgdlla...

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Office of Behavioral Safety Research. (2008). Teen driver crashes: A report to Congress. Washington, DC: Compton, R. P., & Ellison-Potter., P.

Shope, J. T., & Bingham, C. R. (2008).Teen driving: Motor-vehicle crashes and factors that contribute. American Journal of Prevention Medicine, 35(3S, S261-S271).

 

 

 

National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)

The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) began in 1994 and is a coalition of national organizations, business leaders, and federal agencies focused on youth engagement and the promotion of health and safety for youth.

Key components that support the structure of NOYS include the following

  • Board of directors
  • Meetings and communication
  • Working groups

The collaboration’s best practices include

Texting and Driving: A National Epidemic

This article discusses the origins of texting and driving, what age groups are most at risk for texting and driving, the dangers of texting and driving, and texting laws by state.