TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

"What is really important is for parents to share their own safe driving stories with their teens and making sure the teens have a chance to practice their new skills", said Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America and head of the company's passenger auto business. Almost 34 percent of teens surveyed wish they'd learned more about how to handle distractions, such as technology, in the vehicle while driving demonstrating that teens are aware that technology can be a harmful distraction rather than a helpful tool if not used correctly. "Over the past ten years we have seen a great combined effort to keep teens safe behind the wheel", said Chris Mullen, Director of Technology Research at State Farm.

According to preliminary data from the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, in 2016, there were 123 teen driver fatalities and 15,469 teen driver injuries resulting from 58,090 total collisions involving teen drivers in Georgia.

Every 15 Minutes focuses on high school juniors and seniors, challenging them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions, and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, and many others. In 2015, 531 passengers died in a auto, truck, or SUV driven by a teen driver, and 58 percent of those passengers were NOT buckled up at the time of the fatal crash. If you have teenagers, that anxiety can rise even more, especially when they start to drive. Share the Keys is a research-based driver education initiative created to provide the parents of teen drivers with the tools and resources they need to build and reinforce safe driving habits. In 2015, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, 10 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. It allows students to experience the risks involved with distracted or impaired driving.

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The CHP is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development.

Teen drivers went through the Ford Driving Skills For Life Program.

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Stick to the speed limit. Teens are busier than ever -- studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time. Make sure they're following the rules all the time and you do that by opening up a dialogue and having a good conversation with them.

The week dedicated to keeping teens safe behind the wheel encourages parents to set rules for their teen driver before they put their cars in drive.

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