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 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
July 23, 2015
Teen charged with DUI after crash injures officer - A teenage girl has been charged with aggravated DUI after crashing her car into a patrol SUV, sending the officer inside to the hospital. The officer was responding to a report of a wreck when his vehicle was hit at about 10:30 Wednesday night at the intersection of East Chinden Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Police say the 17-year-old girl was driving northbound on Veterans Memorial Parkway when she ran a red light and slammed into the side of the patrol car. The officer and the girl were both taken to the hospital, where the officer was treated for a head and leg injury. He is now recovering at home, according to the department.
July 23, 2015