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Teen Driver Safety Week to Reduce Georgia Teen Crashes


Posted on Oct 22, 2013

There is recent information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace fatalities among young people—those between the ages of 16 and 24. Because there are many young people who drive for their jobs, such as pizza delivery drivers and movers, something has to be done to reduce these fatalities.

Risk Factors that Cause Young Drivers to Crash include:

  • Inexperience of drivers
  • Poor judgment
  • Overestimating driving skills
  • Difficulty recognizing and responding to hazards
  • Driving while drowsy
  • Distracted driving
  • Desire to meet employer’s time expectations

In order to keep young drivers safe while driving on the job and to prevent Georgia teen crashes altogether, everyone is being urged to promote National Teen Driver Safety Week on October 20–26, 2013. This year’s theme is ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.’

Unfortunately serious teen crashes in Georgia and nationwide occur due to three common driving errors including:

  • Driving distracted
  • Driving too fast for road conditions
  • Failing to recognize road hazards

When parents, employers, and other adults work with teenagers to become skilled, safe drivers, the number of work-related and overall teen motor vehicle deaths will be reduced. So how can parents and others make a difference?

  • Take part in supervised driving and teach driving skills
  • Discuss when to adjust speed (e.g. in inclement weather, construction zones, residential neighborhoods, etc.)
  • Lead by example
  • Have rules such as no texting and always wear a seat belt

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia