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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.

Types of distractions include texting; using a cell phone or smartphone; eating and drinking; talking to passengers; grooming; reading, including maps; using a navigation system; watching a video; and adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

Learn more about distracted driving and get involved in promoting safe driving practices
in your community by visiting http://www.distraction.gov/.

’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.


Act Now To Become a Partner

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.

Tire Rack Street Survival School

The Tire Rack Street Survival School is a safe teen driving program designed to go beyond today’s required driver’s education minimums and give teens across the U.S. the tools and hands-on experience to become safer, smarter drivers. Schools are designed to give each student trained, qualified in-car driving instruction, as well as, classroom experience.

This program is being offered on Sunday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center, 1001 Boulevard in Salem, Virginia. The cost is $75.

For more information, go to http://streetsurvival.org/.