October 18 – 24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

Denise GillinNews, Personal Lines, Risk Management

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October 18 – 24, 2020 is National Teen Driver Safety Week.

This week – and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
  • In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver – a 3% decrease from 2016.
  • Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens’ choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.

Use these fact sheets to start a discussion about teen driver safety: Parent Fact Sheet  Teen Fact Sheet

Contact a member of the Murray Risk Control Team at 717.397.9600 for additional resources for teen driver safety week.

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