Teen Safe Driving
Educate YOUR teenage driver on road safety, driving rules, facts and statistics and the dangers of texting while driving!
"The Dangers of Texting" PSA
Warning: This video is graphic in nature.
Parents: Your Role
The state of Florida has set laws for young drivers. Parents need to determine their own family rules in addition to the state laws. Make sure both sets of rules are clear from the start.
Enforce a passenger limit - For 16 and 17-year-olds, carrying just one passenger increases the crash risk by about 50 percent.
Enforce safety belt use for your teen and all passengers - Florida's Primary Seatbelt Law requires that all drivers & passengers riding in the front seat wear a safety belt. In addition, all passengers under 18, no matter where they sit in the vehicle must be wearing safety belts, if not, the DRIVER will be issued a ticket for ALL violations and be required to pay ALL fines! That can get pretty expensive!
Consider setting an earlier driving curfew - especially for the first six months. Set clear expectations, and ensure your teen obeys the state laws. In Florida the curfew (law) is:
- For the first three months after receiving a Learner’s License, driving is limited to daylight hours only. After three months, hours are extended to 10 pm
- Between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. after receiving an Intermediate License if 16 years old *
- Between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. after receiving an Intermediate License if 17 years old *
- Allowed at all hours of the day without a licensed passenger requirement after receiving Full Privilege
*If driving during these times must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old occupying the closest seat to the right of the driver, or be traveling to or from work.
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101 Days of Summer: Get the Facts!
According to Youth Traffic Safety Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
- Nationally in 2006, 4,842 teen passenger vehicle occupants, ages 16 to 20, were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 58 percent (2,813) were unrestrained at the time of the fatal crash.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely to wear their safety belts.
- While all teens are at a high-risk of experiencing a fatal crash, according to NHTSA, young males, pickup truck drivers and passengers, as well as people living in rural areas are also among those least likely to buckle up.
- During 2006, a teen died in a traffic crash an average of once every hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week.
Traffic Crash Facts · Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens 16-19 years of age. While teens make up only 6% of the driving population in Florida but they are involved in 14 % of the fatal crashes.
Florida drivers in the age group of 15-19 years of age had the highest rate per 10,000 licensed drivers of crash invovlement (438.77) and the higest rate of fatal crashes (5.09) in 2007. For the 15-19 age group, Florida crash data reveals:
|15-19 years of age||2005||2006||2007|
|number of licensed drivers||793,020||814,801||820,687|
|number of drivers in crashes||38,776||37,026||36,009|
|number of drivers in fatal crashes||452||417||418|
|number of drivers killed in fatal crashes||190||187||152|
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|Florida Drivers Guide for Parents and Teens
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|The Dori Slosberg Foundation
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