May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM)
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States and a leading cause of death in countries around the world. GYTSM is an annual campaign, which engages youth organizations (often chapters of NOYS coalition member organizations) to engage in traffic safety projects in their local communities. The campaign offers a toolkit for ideas on projects, and youth are empowered to create unique ways to address teen driver safety.
Learn more at http://noys.org/about-us/our-programs/gytsm/.
’Tis the Season to Promote Safe Teen Driving
Parent Tips for Prom:
• Demand that alcohol not be allowed.
• Insist that everyone in the vehicle wear seat belts at all times.
• Prohibit your teen from texting or talking on a cell phone, while driving.
• Limit the number of passengers your teen will be allowed to transport.
• Make sure the vehicle your teen will be driving is in good working condition.
• Don’t allow driving after midnight. Make alternative arrangements (chauffeur, car pool with other parents, taxis) if necessary.
• If renting a limo, parents and passengers should sign a contract allowing the driver to phone parents if alcohol is detected. Insist that only registered passengers be allowed transportation.
• Make sure your teen provides contact phone numbers where he or she can be reached.
No other hazard or behavior comes close to claiming as many teen lives as driving. Approximately 60 teens die each year in car crashes in Virginia.
Involved, informed parents have long been considered the most influential factor in promoting safe teen driving. The mission of Partners for Safe Teen Driving is to help communities develop a parent education program, so that parents can guide their children through the first perilous years of driving.
Many school divisions and communities in Virginia have partnered to develop Safe Teen Driving programs. Approximately 43 communities now require parents of teen drivers to attend a meeting. At this meeting, parents receive information about Virginia's graduated licensing procedures, current driving techniques, procedures for helping teach their children to drive, curfew restrictions, and more.
A kit with step-by-step information about how communities can start their own programs has been sent to every school division in Virginia. CLICK HERE for more information.
For more infomation about Partners for Safe Teen Driving, call (703) 791-7328.
May 22, 2015
Teen driver in crash that killed N.J. motorcyclist wasn't allowed passengers, report says - The teenage driver involved the Connecticut motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Bayonne woman on Sunday legally should not have had passengers in her car, according to News 8. The 16-year-old girl had two other 16-year-olds in her 2008 Honda Pilot when it collided head-on with a pair of motorcycles ridden by Karen Minutella and her fiance John "Kenny" Healey, state police said earlier this week.
May 22, 2015
May 18, 2015
Teen killed after prom in car crash - Two people were killed, including an 18-year-old on his way home from an after-prom party, in a crash in Calumet City, Illinois over the weekend. Authorities said 18-year-old Aaron Dunigan was in a car with two other teens when their car slammed head-on into another car early Saturday morning, police said. Dunigan and the 56-year-old driver of the other car died in the accident. Police said 18-year-old David Peden was behind the wheel. The group was traveling east on State Street Saturday morning when police said Peden crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck head-on. Police said the driver was tested for having marijuana in his system and has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, and there may be more to follow.
May 18, 2015