The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced its most recent push towards driver safety by introducing a new campaign geared towards teen drivers. Called “5 to Drive,” the campaign urges teens and parents to talk about the five most dangerous behind the wheel behaviors and set guidelines for teens before they operate a motor vehicle. By increasing awareness of safe driving habits, the NHTSA hopes that the campaign will eventually reduce the number of teen driving accidents in the upcoming years.
According to the NHTSA, in 2011alone, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal car accidents across the United States. In those crashes, 942 were killed. The new program, which was rolled out last week to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, aims at eliminating the top five factors associated with teen driving accidents:
- Texting or talking on cellphones,
- Driving or riding as a passenger without wearing a seatbelt,
- Extra passengers,
- And alcohol
As many of our readers can already see, many of these behaviors are completely avoidable and can greatly reduce a person’s chances of causing a serious accident in the future. But while the reception from parents the nation over has been relatively positive and immediate, it’s important to point out that the effects of this campaign may not be completely visible at first. It may take several years before we see a decline in the number of teen driving fatalities that can still result in wrongful death claims if a driver is found to have been reckless or negligent behind the wheel.
Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "NHTSA Unveils '5 to Drive' Teen Safety Campaign To Reduce High Death Rate of Teens," Oct. 22, 2013