October 17-23 is National Teen Driver Safety Week
spotlight is on teen drivers Oct. 17 – 23 for National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Young drivers show up in large numbers when it comes to fatal and serious injury crashes. In 2019 in the U.S., 2,042 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers (age 15- 18), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Speed, impairment, lack of seat belt use and distraction continue to be the leading causes of teen crashes," Jody Raska, ODOT Driver Education Program Manager said.
Approved, formal driver education saves lives. ODOT has information online for both parents and young drivers (Why Drive with Ed?), including a list of approved driver education providers. NHTSA also offers tips to parents on how to talk to their teens about these issues.
Read the full ODOT New Release