|National Teen Driver Safety Week|
|By EMS Captain Liz Murphy|
|October 17, 2023|
This week, October 15-21, 2023 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. As the school year is underway, along with Fall Sports and after school jobs, it’s important to stay safe behind the wheel. Motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 18 years old in the United States.
*Seat Belts: NHTSA shows in 2021, more than half (51%) of the teen drivers who dies in crashes were not wearing a seat belt. And when the teen driver involved in the fatal crash was unbuckled, 9 out of 10 of the passengers who died were also not wearing a seat belt.
*Distracted Driving: In the State of Maryland, Maryland law prohibits driver from using their phones while driving. Drivers also can be ticketed for writing, sending, or reading a text or email while driving.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and other safe driving tips visit: www.nhsta.gov/road-safety/teen-driving or www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov
As many teens are now becoming First Responders, it is our responsibility to ensure are younger members understand the risks associated with driving. Please remind all your members, especially your Teen members, to “Arrive Alive”.