News Releases

National teen driver safety program honors Dallas/Fort Worth area award winners

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Dallas/Fort Worth area schools, students and sponsors were recognized by the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program on May 19, 2015.

National teen driver safety program honors El Paso area award winners

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

El Paso area schools, students and sponsors were recognized by the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program on May 19, 2015.

National teen driver safety program honors Houston area award winners

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Houston area schools, students and sponsors were recognized by the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program on May 19, 2015.

New Study: Fatal crash risk for teens with passengers rising, even as traffic deaths show 10-year decline

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

New research suggests that novice teenage drivers (age 15-17) are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers (age 18-24) to have a fatal crash if teenage passengers are in the motor vehicle. Moreover, that teen passenger risk has grown greater over the past decade, even as total numbers of crash deaths have dropped dramatically for young drivers.

The analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) looked at ten years of national data on fatal crashes in which teen passengers (age 13-17) were present at the time of the crash. Researchers then compared patterns for novice drivers with those of young adult drivers to arrive at a “relative risk index” to illustrate the greater danger faced by the youngest drivers as compared to those with a few years of driving experience.

Franklin High students launch peer program to encourage safer driving

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Teen driver crashes have been on a decline statewide and nationwide in recent years, but researchers note that the growing problem of distracted driving stands in the way of continued improvement. Statewide studies funded by the California OTS showed that observed cell phone use among 16- to 24-year-olds doubled from 9 percent in 2011 to 18 percent in 2012.

Students start program after survey illustrates risky driving behaviors

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Savannah students start peer-driven safety program after survey illustrates risky driving behaviors.

$100,000 State Farm grant to safety program highlights deadliest crash month for teens

Friday, July 8th, 2011

State Farm is the largest corporate sponsor of the growing peer-based safety program.

Teen survey shows low awareness of driving dangers

Monday, March 7th, 2011

For information: Jill Goldberg, 404-631-1828 (office) – Georgia DOT;Cindy Ball, 770-860-4226 (office) – Rockdale County Schools; Bernie Fette, 979-777-7532 (cell) – Texas Transportation Institute CONYERS, Georgia – Local teens are largely unaware of the dangers they face as new drivers,

Cypress Falls students launching program after survey

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

For release: December 8, 2010 For more information: Bernie Fette Office: 979-845-2623 / Cell: 979-777-7532 Cypress Falls students launching new safety program after survey shows pattern of risky driving behaviors A recent survey shows that Cypress Falls students are more