Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2019, almost 2,400 teens in the United States aged 13-19 were killed, and about 258,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That means that every day 7 teens aged 13-19 died due to motor vehicle crashes, and hundreds more were injured.
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.
Attendance at a Partners for Safe Teen Driving meeting is a requirement for students living in Northern Virginia’s District 8, and students living there have a significantly lower crash rate than the rest of the state. During the 90-minute presentation, parents and students learn about the risk factors of teen driving about Virginia's graduated licensing procedures, current driving techniques, procedures for helping teach their children to drive, curfew restrictions, and more. In addition, the program discusses creating a driving contract between parents and students to help keep students safe as they gain more driving experience.
Partners for Safe Teen Driving will help other school divisions in Virginia start their own programs. A PowerPoint Presentation and brochures are available for use. For more information about Partners for Safe Teen Driving or to get started in your own community, call (703) 791-7270.
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.