This week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced National Teen Driver Safety Week, a week developed to help prevent teen deaths and serious injuries in car accidents. The goal is to teach teens and parents about issues such as distracted driving, seat belt safety, the Graduated Driver Licensing program, and alcohol awareness.
The NHTSA reports that car accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths. A lot of this has to deal with the lack of driving experience teens have, combined with dangerous driving habits such as speeding, alcohol consumption, drug use, distractions, driving during the night, and not wearing seat belts. This week was created to teach teens about the individual dangers that each of these contributing factors poses. Our Illinois car accident lawyers encourage our readers- parents, teens and family members alike- to pay attention to the increased media attention this week and seek information on how to be a safer teen driver.
The Chicago Sun Times acknowledged National Teen Driver Safety Week, reporting that 68 teens are killed in a car accident ever week. The Sun Times offers some great tips about teaching teens how to do a car maintenance check, knowing where the spare tire inside the car is, how to handle certain emergencies, and keeping up to date with oil changes. The report also notes that it is important for parents to set limits with their teens so guidelines are clear and understandable. These limits could include certain destinations, certain passengers, and scheduled check-in times. After setting these limits and reviewing this tips, readers can feel more comfortable with their teens on the road because they have the proper training to know how to deal with certain accidents.
We were also happy to read that the Senate is working on a bill with a $10 million grant program to help states draw attention to seat belt use and the distracted driving epidemic to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week. The Hill reported that the bill would include funding for broadcast and print advertising in support of State distracted driving laws. Our Illinois car crash lawyers are happy to share in the messages of National Teen Driver Safety Week and strongly support the Senate’ move to raise awareness. We hope that with increased media coverage, teens will realize the dangers that exist on our roads and highways and will begin to think about how they can best protect themselves and others.