Motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for adolescents. Teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (ages 25 to 69). Each year, more than 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes. Teens need to remember whether they are driving across town or just around the neighborhood, wearing seat belts is the absolute best way to protect themselves and their passengers from severe injury or even fatalities in the event of motor vehicle crashes.
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is conducted annually during the third week of October in the United States. NTDSW was started in 2007 after a series of tragic crashes involving Pennsylvania high school students prompted two lawmakers and over 50 co-sponsors to introduce the resolution creating National Teen Driver Safety Week. The initiative was supported by the traffic safety experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This year’s theme is It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens andParents for Driving. See more at: www.teendriversource.org