Local Health Department Engagement in Teen Driver Safety Week

Oct 05, 2017 | NacchoVoice

In 2015, 2,333 teens (ages 16 to 19) were killed in motor vehicle crashes; that is six teens dying from motor vehicle injuries every day.1 Per mile driven, teen drivers are almost three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.1 Among teen drivers, those most at risk for crashes are males, teens driving with teen passengers, and newly licensed teens.1

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) encourages local health departments (LHDs) to engage their communities in prevention activities during Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15–21). Placing a focus on parents and schools is a great way to engage families of teens.

Graduated Driver Licensing Programs

Local health departments play an important role in working with law enforcement agencies, the medical community, schools, parents/legal guardians, and other stakeholders to ensure teens are safe on the road. LHDs monitor teen motor vehicle safety data, educate the public about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws, and support the enforcement of GDL in the community. NACCHO encourages LHDs to support more comprehensive GDL laws in their community and state. Comprehensive GDL programs provide longer practice periods, limit driving under high risk conditions, and requires greater participation of parents/legal guardians in their teens’ learning to drive. Research has shown that comprehensive GDL programs can lead to reductions in overall and fatal crashes among 16-year-old drivers. Educating parents and the community about GDL rules can empower parents to enforce the rules and help keep their teen driver safe.

Take Action

This teen driver safety week promote key messages in your community throughout the week. Educate parents and teens on the GDL laws in the area. Share Parents are the Key and 5 to Drive to encourage parents and guardians to set clear rules for teen drivers. Messages to share and resources are below:

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (May 2017) Teen Drivers: Get the Facts. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html Accessed on September 22, 2017.

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