Debris on the road, it is estimated, causes 80-90 fatalities and 25,000 crashes per year. Get some tips on avoiding the hazards.
Car crashes kill more young people than any other cause, accounting for nearly half of all teen deaths in America each year. Most teens and parents are unaware of the top five dangers of teen driving: driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones/texting and too many teen passengers; low seat belt use; and alcohol use.
No matter how familiar you are with the Move Over Law, it’s worth repeating, especially when we see articles where troopers are injured because passing motorists don’t slow down or move over when passing emergency vehicles stopped in a lane. The law, which has been passed in all states except Hawaii, requires vehicles to change into another lane, when possible, or reduce their speed and be prepared to stop.
The Global Road Safety Decade of Action working group met in Washington, D.C., on February 24, 2010.
You’re probably wondering, “what is the Global Road Safety Decade of Action?”
The goal of the working group (which also met in 2009) is to reduce the amount of road deaths in 2020 by 50 percent. The purpose of the group is to make sure that goal is obtained.
With the holidays approaching, Teens in the Driver Seat reminds you to be safe on the roads.
Driving during the holiday season is more dangerous than any other time of the year for many reasons, including an increased number of drivers on the road, drivers making more trips to see family and friends, and an increase in alcohol consumption. This is especially true for drivers with little experience.
Just because you’re being safe doesn’t mean a crash won’t happen to you. Driver inexperience is the underlying cause of teen car crashes.