NHTSA Launches Major Teen Driving Safety Initiative

The National Highway Traffic Administration has institutedfive key initiatives to increase teen driver safety.


Our Ashville personal injury attorneys know that motor-vehicle accidents are the primary killer of teenagers in America. In order to combat this problem the National Highway Traffic Administration has identified 5 important topics.

The National Highway Administration has released information about a newly formed campaign that is meant to challenge parents to communicate with their teen drivers. The campaign encourages a candid discussion about 5 key topic areas including:

  • No riding or driving without the use of a seat belt
  • No driving in conjunction with alcohol use
  • No speeding or aggressive driving
  • No extra passengers in the vehicle
  • Absolutely no cell phone use while driving

According to research, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers in America. Additionally, approximately 50% of all teenagers in fatal car accidents are the drivers themselves.

In 2011 a shocking 20 percent of all teen drivers killed in a fatal car accident did not even hold a valid driver’s license.

Statistics also show that in 2011 over half of all teens who were killed in car accidents were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Research indicates that driving above the speed limit was a contributing factor in approximately one-third of all fatal crashes when a teen driver was involved.

Distracted driving is a significant problem with teenage drivers and 12 percent of teen age drivers were distracted at the time of the crash.

Furthermore, despite zero tolerance substance laws 505 people individuals were killed in traffic accidents
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends that parents have a candid conversation with their children about the many dangerous activities which may lead to car accidents.

It is also very important to remember that teenagers learn how to drive and behave in the car from their parents. This means it is extremely important to model correct driving behavior and techniques.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) restrictions have been shown to help reinforce laws and family guidelines on safe driving.

GDL programs consist of three graduated stages that help young drivers gain experience while controlling their driving privileges. The first stage is typically referred to as the learner stage and involves supervised driving and requires successful completion of a driving test.

The next stage is known as the intermediate stage. This stage involves limited unsupervised driving to further expose a new driver while limiting their exposure to dangerous situations (such as nighttime and bad weather driving).

The final stage of a GDL program allows full driving privileges.

Parents of new teenage drivers should also be aware that the first six months of independent driving are the most dangerous. Teens and parents must work as a team and commit to practicing, learning, and continually enforcing driving behaviors that are lawful and safe.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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