May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.
With the coming of summer, more teen drivers will be on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) numbers show that fatal car accidents go from .94 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in March to 1.12 in July.
It is because of this deadly jump that the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) have joined forces to help reduce fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Rally for Safety
Leaders from the Office of Drug Control Policy, the Surgeon General, the South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Centers for Disease Control, Kweku Mandela, and former transportation secretary Norm Mineta joined with NOYS in promoting safe driving. The goal of the rally held in Washington DC was to promote safe driving for teens.
Energized by Knowledge
Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, points to the energy that the student safety advocates bring to the efforts of NHTSA and DOT to stop motor vehicle accidents. Secretary LaHood says that the energy of these young safety promoters seems to be fueled by the alarming figures for teenage vehicle occupants who died due to three easily avoided driving mistakes:
- Neglecting to buckle up
- Driving while distracted
- Drunk driving
Safety 1n Num3er5
The NHTSA website Safety 1n Num3er5 provides information on things drivers can do to reduce vehicle collisions.
In the April 1, 2013 issue of Safety 1n Num3er5, a chart showed 3 in 5 young drivers answered calls and 1 in 3 young drivers placed calls while operating a vehicle. This site can provide a wealth of useful information for those working to encourage young driver safety.
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