National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 15-21, 2017
Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, accounting for nearly half of all teen deaths in America each year. About 2,800 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes; that’s the equivalent of a school bus loaded with teenagers crashing once every week for an entire year.
During 2016, in Montana alone, there were 17 teen driver fatalities and 130 serious injuries. Over the last five years, teens were involved in 10% of all fatal crashes, and represented 12% of the unrestrained occupant fatalities in the state.
Driving is a new chapter and a step toward independence. But it’s not going to be an easy road. The greatest dangers for teen drivers include alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and number of passengers in the vehicle. Find more information on how teen drivers can practice and prepare to be safe behind the wheel here
MDT has partnered with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to promote highway traffic safety with teens. This group has more than 1,095 members in 67 chapters throughout the state and are tackling the difficult topic of traffic safety. More information here