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In Massachusetts, Fewer Teen Accidents and Drivers | Boston Globe

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The number of accidents involving newly licensed teenagers has dropped by half since Massachusetts raised the training requirements for young drivers and boosted penalties for teens who speed or commit other infractions.

The number of accidents involving newly licensed teenagers has dropped by half since Massachusetts raised the training requirements for young drivers and boosted penalties for teens who speed or commit other infractions.

That good news gives transportation officials ample reason to crow about the law’s impact. But state data reviewed by the Globe suggest the biggest reason for the drop in crashes may come as a surprise: It is that fewer teens are on the road — not just that teens are driving more carefully.

How Much Does Your State Fine For Texting and Driving? | Mother Jones

Oct 31, 2013

The good news: fatal car crashes are on the decline.

NHTSA Unveils '5 to Drive' Teen Safety Campaign to Reduce High Death Rate of Teens

Oct 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new campaign that challenges parents to discuss five critical driving practices with their teenage drivers that can have the greatest beneficial impacts in the event of a crash. The new "5 to Drive" campaign is being launched to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, 2013.

Distracted Driving and Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Teens | JAMA Pediatrics

Oct 17, 2013

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of death for adolescents in the United States. Adolescents are 4 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash compared with drivers older than 20 years. A major risk factor for motor vehicle crashes is distracted driving.

Distracted driving includes the following:

1.     Any behavior that takes the driver’s eyes off the road (visual distraction).

Florida: Schools Play Key Role in Telling About Texting-While-Driving Ban | Tampa Bay Times

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With the ban on texting-while-driving taking effect Tuesday, the outreach by schools will be key. Florida is going without a major campaign to alert the public about the law after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a $1 million expenditure intended in part to help promote the ban.

Put it down. No text is worth a life. Don't text and drive — it's the law.

And Tampa Bay schools want students to know.

Across the region, schools are ramping up efforts to raise awareness about Florida's new texting-while-driving law and to educate one of the most at-risk demographics on the road — teenage drivers.

Gear Up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)

Oct 03, 2013

It’s that time of the year when schools, student clubs, and community leaders want ideas for how they can use National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) as a platform to promote teen driver safety.

Parent and Teen Agreement on Driving Expectations Prior to Teen Licensure | American Journal of Health Behavior

Sep 26, 2013

Objectives: To examine pre-licensure agreement on driving expectations and predictors of teen driving expectations among parent-teen dyads. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 163 parent-teen dyads.

Driving After Drug or Alcohol Use by US High School Seniors, 2001–2011 | American Journal of Public Health

Sep 18, 2013

Objectives. We examined prevalence, trends, and correlates of driving or riding after use of drugs or alcohol among US high school seniors from 2001 to 2011.

Methods. Data come from Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of nationally representative samples of high school seniors. We used logistic regressions with data from more than 22 000 respondents to examine multivariate associations with demographic and lifestyle factors.

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