Year after year student organizations at Texas high schools and junior highs commit to actively participate in the State’s leading teen-led traffic safety program, Teens in the Driver Seat®. Teens in the Driver Seat® is an initiative of the Youth Transportation Safety Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute sponsored by the Texas Department of […]
Raise Awareness of New Statewide Law in Effect September 1, 2017 Texas has finally joined most of the nation in banning texting while driving. Texting while driving within the state of Texas will be punishable by a fine of $25-99 for first-time offenders, and $100-200 for repeat offenders (though no points will be assigned). It’s […]
If you could change one thing about the way your friends drive or ride in the car, what would it be?
For them to have an actual drivers license.
We are thrilled to be highlighted as one of the programs that is successful in influencing and modifying behaviors.
Teen fatal crashes in Garland are down due to the combination of Texas’ graduated driver license law and the Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) program.
Researchers from the Texas Transportation Institute announced the findings of a case study on February 17 in Garland, Texas.
The researchers reviewed driver behavior and crash statistics in Garland and Mesquite during two periods: from 2002 through 2005, and 2006 through 2009. While both cities experienced improvements during the study period, those in Garland were more dramatic:
Are you interested in starting a Teens in the Driver Seat program at your school, but you aren’t sure how to go about it? Or has your school had a TDS program before, that is no longer active?
Here are some easy steps to starting (and maintaining) a TDS program at your school:
1. Decide who is going to be leading the project. Pick the organization that will take on TDS (ex: Student Council, FCCLA, National Honors Society, FFA, etc.). Pick the student leaders who will be in charge of the program (usually 8-12 students). Make sure that there is a teacher/sponsor who will serve as support for the program…