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 (800) 609-2680.
Move Over Law
Traffic-related incidents continue to be a leading cause of death among on-duty law enforcement officers. Help to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders who are stopped on roadways by obeying Virginia’s Move Over Law.
If you are approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing; blinking; or alternating blue, red, or amber lights stopped on the road, slow down and move over. If you cannot safely change lanes, reduce your speed and proceed with caution.
To learn more about Virginia’s Move Over Law, visit http://www.vsp.state.va.us/SlowDownMoveOver_VAcode.shtm.
July 29, 2015
Vigil honors 2 Southington teens killed in crash - Two teens were killed Tuesday afternoon when their car crashed on I-84 east in Southington. Police identified the teens as Annmarie (Annie) Olender, 16, of Plantsville, and Olivia Fusco, 14, of Southington. The girls were driving just before 3 p.m. near exit 32 when they hit a guard rail, drove down an embankment, overturned, and struck a tree. They were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. According to the DMV, Annie, who only had a learnerís permit, was driving the car. That means she wasnít allowed to drive with anyone other than her parents or a driving supervisor or inspector over the age of 20. She did not have a license.
July 29, 2015
July 27, 2015
One dead, one rescued in fiery Plano crash - Police say two teenagers were in a sport utility vehicle that crashed and burned at a Plano intersection early Sunday morning, killing the driver and injuring his passenger. Plano police spokesman David Tilley said the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe erupted in flames after crashing head-on into a traffic signal pole in the northbound lanes of Preston Road at Tennyson Parkway, right in front of LifeCare Hospitals of Plano. Witnesses were able to pull passenger Daniel Payton Mushock, 18, from the wreckage; the driver, 18-year-old Alger Ben Baker III, died.
July 27, 2015