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.
June 29, 2015
Driver in North Potomac fatal crash expected to survive - The driver in Thursday night's single car accident in North Potomac that left two recent high school graduates dead is expected to survive. Sam Ellis, the 18-year-old former starting quarterback at Wootton High School, remains in intensive care Monday despite the updated prognosis, WUSA9's Andrea McCarren reports. Ellis suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his Acura TSX shortly before midnight on June 25 in the 13800 block of Dufief Mill Road. The car hit a fence and a tree before overturning in the front yard of a home.
June 29, 2015
June 28, 2015
Teen driver hits car head-on in Poway - A teen driver with provisional driver's license lost control of his vehicle and hit another car head-on Friday night on state Route 67 in Poway, sending the driver and two others to the hospital, authorities said. The 16-year-old driver was heading southbound in a Kia Optima around 10:34 p.m. when he lost control of the car and it crossed into the northbound lane, hitting a Honda Civic head-on, said sheriff's Sgt. David Cheevar.
June 28, 2015