National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 15th-21st is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) - Safe Communities Kicks Off the Week with a Drive 4UR Community Event!
Drug-impaired driving among teens is a major concern. A ten-year trend shows one in four teens who died in a motor vehicle crash tested positive for cannabis. Safe Communities Humboldt & Area is partnering with Parachute for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), which takes place October 15-21, to create positive behaviour changes to reduce injury rates among teens. Safe Communities Humboldt & Area and Parachute urge teens, and all drivers, to #CrossSAFE in order to #GetHomeSafeSK, keep their #HeadsUp and help save lives.
Parachute National Teen Driver Safety Week is an annual public awareness campaign. This year, drugged driving is the primary focus; and messaging to teens will also address distracted, impaired and aggressive driving, including speeding. Safe Communities Humboldt & Area is coordinating their second “Red Thumb Reminder” Campaign along with a Drive 4UR Community Event at Discovery Ford on October 14th to kick off the week. SGI will be on hand at this event with their One Simple Decision Driver Simulator allowing attendees to experience firsthand the impact of distracted or impaired driving.
Some key facts:
Some teens believe using cannabis would make them a better driver – This is false!
Speeding is a factor in one third of teen driver deaths
More than half of teen deaths from drunk driving occur on the weekends
Distracted driving is a factor in 15-19 per cent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers
According to a recent survey, 96 per cent of Canadian drivers would stop driving distracted, if a passenger asked them to.
October 16th-22nd is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)!
While young people only make up 12% of licensed drivers, they account for approximately 20% of all road-related injuries and fatalities. This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is focused on both distracted driving, which is a factor in 15-19% of all fatal collisions involving teen drivers. NTDSW is also building awareness of drug-impaired driving as an emerging issue with cannabis being the drug most commonly found in young drivers who are fatally injured in crashes.
Not only is Safe Communities Humboldt & Area working with our region high schools on this initiative, but we are also taking this information to the general public including adult drivers at the upcoming Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce Fall Showcase and Trade Show taking place in Humboldt on November 5th & 6th, 2016. We are implementing the Red Thumb Reminder Campaign in 2016 to help raise awareness surrounding the issue of distracted driving by encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red as a simple but powerful visual reminder to put the phone away while driving and remain focused on the road. Take the pledge and use the #RedThumbReminder to help you and everyone else on the road #GetHomeSafe!
October 19-25, 2015 is National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)!
Did you know:
- A texting driver is 23 times more likely to cause a crash than a non-texting driver.
- Texting and driving is the # 1 killer of teen drivers.
- 40% of speeding drivers in fatal car crashes are 16 - 24.
- Young people make up 13% of licenced drivers but account for 24% of road fatilities.
What can you do?
You can COMMIT TO #PRACTICESAFETEXT !!
Is answering or sending that text really worth your life or the life of someone elses? Please don't text and drive!! You will get caught eventually, hoopefully all you'll get is a fine when you do.
Do you commit to #PracticeSafeText? These people do!
National Teen Driver Safety Week October 19th-25th, 2015
Updated January 9, 2018