Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a new campaign that challenges parents to play an active role in discussing safe driving behaviors with their children.
Our car accident attorneys in Louisville understand the importance of encouraging safe driving habits for teenage drivers who face a high risk of being involved in a fatal accident across Kentucky and throughout the United States. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-old teenagers across the United States.
Teen safety campaign urges parents to play active role in driving safety
The NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” campaign was launched to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, held October 20-26 throughout the United States.
The “5 to Drive” campaign focuses on five topics that were chosen by the NHTSA as leading factors in fatal car accidents involving teenagers. The campaign urges parents to take an active role in preventing these fatal accidents by discussing the safety topics with their teenagers.
As part of the week-long campaign, parents were encouraged to visit a reference page at Parents Central on teen driving and to discuss one topic per night with their teenagers. The “5 to Drive” campaign urges parents to encourage the following safe driving behaviors:
- No texting while driving or cell phone use while driving, period.
- No extra passengers.
- No speeding.
- No drinking and driving.
- No driving without a seatbelt.
Safety campaign unveiled in response to disturbing teen accident statistics
According to the NHTSA, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in the United States in 2011. While 55% of these drivers survived, close to 950 teen drivers lost their lives in these crashes, many of which could be attributed to the reckless driving behaviors outlined in the “5 to Drive” campaign.
Of these fatal crashes, the NHTSA found that over half of the teenagers who died were unrestrained. Speeding was a factor in over one-third of fatal accidents, and 12 percent were distracted at the time of the accident.
Furthermore, the NHTSA reported that despite Zero Tolerance Laws for drivers under 21 who drink and drive, 505 people died in crashes in which drivers between ages 14 and 18 had alcohol in their systems.
It’s a recipe for disaster when you combine inexperience behind the wheel with irresponsible driving habits such as drinking while driving, distracted driving and speeding. That’s why the NHTSA’s call to action for parents to take a more active role in the safety of their teenagers could go a long way in preventing fatal accidents in Kentucky and across the nation.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, a car accident lawyer in Louisville can help. Call Shelton Law Group today at 888-761-7204 for a free consultation with a Louisville attorney.