If you haven’t heard, October 18-24 is Teen Driver Safety Week. This safety campaign from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration aims to teach teen drivers lifesaving lessons. The agency is doing its best to promote a campaign they’re calling “5 to Drive”, an attempt to ensure teens follow five simple rules before getting on the road.
The rules of 5 to Drive are pretty simple:
- No Cell Phones
- No Extra Passengers
- No Speeding
- No Alcohol
- No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt
The statistics the campaign uses are pretty scary too:
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States
- 2,614 teen drivers were killed in 2013
- 130,000 teen drivers were injured in 2013
- Only 25% of parents talk to their children about driver safety
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker supports the 5 to Drive campaign. According to the California DMV, teenage drivers have the highest rates of both accidents and traffic violations. This DMV graphic shows the disparity between teenagers and older drivers. Teaching teenagers to follow the rules of 5 to Drive can help reduce injury rates for young drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000 for a free legal consultation.