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The Lombard Police Department is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15-21) to encourage all parents to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.
“Parents have a very strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said Traffic Safety Unit Officer Sgt. Joe Grage. “NHTSA offers parents and caregivers tips and a framework to talk to their teen drivers about risky driving behaviors that can lead to fatal consequences.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States - ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. In 2015, 1,972 teen passenger-vehicle drivers (15 to 18 years old) were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in 2,207 deaths nationwide, of which 1,730 were teens. An estimated 99,000 teen drivers of passenger vehicles were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
NHTSA’s website, www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving, has detailed information and statistics on teen driving and outlines the basic rules parents can use to help reduce the risks for teen drivers:
Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes.
Explaining the rules of the road and deadly consequences of unsafe driving practices can help encourage teens to exhibit safe driving behaviors.
“Laws are not enough to protect these young drivers. We need parents to set the rules before their teens hit the road,” Sgt. Grage said. “We hope parents will start the conversation about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week – but then continue the conversations—every day throughout the year—to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel.”
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and safe driving tips for your teens, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.