No other hazard or behavior comes close to claiming as many teen lives as driving. In 2010, 93 teenagers aged 16 - 20 died 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.
Partners for Safe Teen Driving
Partners for Safe Teen Driving is an economical, systematic, and easily implemented program that enables school divisions and communities to give parents the information and tools they need to help their teens become safer drivers. It is a community health initiative that involves all aspects of your community with the goal of preventing serious crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Approximately 43 school systems in Virginia have implemented successful programs that require parents and their teenagers to attend awareness/training seminars before their teens are issued licenses. These cities and counties have received positive parent feedback about the program and feel it is well worth staff time and effort. CLICK HERE to review a list of participating school systems.
All of the information needed to being a parent awareness/training program is available on this web site. This information can and should be tailored to develop a safe teen driving program specific to your community. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia Department of Education, and Prince William County Public Schools have partnered to create the resources you need to begin a similar program.
All of the information you need to offer the awareness meetings to parents and the community is included. In addition, Doris Brown, formerly with Allstate Insurance Company and The Allstate Foundation, has joined Prince William County Public Schools and Partners for Safe Teen Driving to assist individual school divisions across the state in developing and implementing safe teen driver programs. It’s important to note that the Partners for Safe Teen Driving program is FREE to your community. The only costs involved with the program would include your time and duplication paper to offer informational handouts to parents.
School divisions and communities that would like more information about starting a Safe Teen Driving program may call Prince William County Public Schools at (800) 609-2680 or (703) 791-7328. You are also invited to attend a parent education seminar to see how it works.
Much is at stake! The key to preventing teenage injuries and fatalities is to get the community, and especially parents, informed and involved. We can’t afford to wait!