National Teen Driver Safety Week - October 17-24, 2010

Teen Driver Safety Week

BINGHAMTON, NY October 17-24, 2010 marks National Teen Driver Safety Week – a time to remind young drivers to be safe and responsible on the road. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young drivers, ages 15- to 20-years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways – traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving, nighttime driving and other drug use aggravate this problem. 

In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the health classes at Binghamton High School will be participating in a teen safe driving program called Keeping it Real Behind the Wheel sponsored by the Broome County Traffic Safety Education Program. With the help of traffic safety professionals and local law enforcement, this three-part program addresses some of the key issues facing teens on the road – distracted driving, drowsy driving and safety belt use. Students will learn about the dangers of driving while drowsy or distracted through interactive exercises and some graphic video footage. And while wearing your seat belt is the easiest and simplest way to protect yourself in a crash, teens are among the lowest users. Local law enforcement share real life stories and explicit crash videos to demonstrate the effects of being unrestrained during a crash. But probably the most important and effective part of this presentation is the story told by Mr. Joel Dunham – a local resident and teen safe driving advocate who lost his daughter Megan in 2001 from a distracted driving crash. Through his story, students learn about the real life consequences from unsafe driving. 

The Broome County Traffic Safety Education Program is encouraging all high schools and youth programs to take advantage of this FREE program. Education, strict licensing laws and parental involvement are all key components in keeping young drivers safe on the roads. 
For more information about Keeping it Real Behind the Wheel, please contact Christine Muss at the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2807.


10/18/2010 - 2:56pm