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GM-Sponsored Teen Driver Improvement Program Available in 20 States

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The health and safety of our youngest road users is of utmost importance for groups like Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) and GM, whose relationship began in 2019.

Oct. 18–23 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. There is no better time to commit to saving lives on our roads.

 

Thanks to funding from GM, TDS is offering its plug-and-play, extra-curricular safety program to interested high school teen teams across 20 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

 

The schools will receive an educational toolkit with posters, banners, yard signs and other items for campus outreach---all at no cost to the schools. Schools will also have access to virtual learning resources for use in- and outside the classroom and are eligible to earn cash for their schools when teens conduct education and outreach.

 

Schools may claim their free program kit and sign up here. Schools are encouraged to join today and help reach the goal of zero deaths on roadways.

 

Driving is the most dangerous activity most of us do every single day. It is no wonder fewer and fewer teens seek to get their driver licenses each year.

 

Even with fewer teen drivers on the road, 1,603 young drivers died in 2019, the most recent numbers available. Sadly, the total death toll on our nation's roads in that same year tallied 36,096 deaths.

 

According to the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA), in 2019:

 

  • 2,042 were people killed in crashes involving a teen driver
  • 46% of teens who died were not wearing a seat belt
  • 24% of young drivers (15-20 years old) who died were impaired by alcohol while driving
  • 258,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in a vehicle crash

 

These statistics are staggering. While motor vehicle crashes continue to be...


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