According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,000 teenagers (ages 16 – 20) are killed in car accidents every year. In response to these high statistics, the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) in cooperation with young NOYS members from around the country are coming together to rally young drivers to commit to having the safest summer of driving ever, in hopes of putting an end to teen motor vehicle crashes.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of all teen deaths in the U.S., and according to the NHTSA an average of 422 teens die in traffic accidents in each of the deadly summer months. This average is higher than that of the non-summer months, which are still at a staggering 363 deaths per month. The rallies are being led by students from schools around the country, and will include activities that encourage their peers to sign pledges and participate in distracted driving and impaired driving prevention drills.
“Working with the National Organizations for Youth Safety to participate in the Global Youth Traffic Safety Month is a ‘win-win’ for everyone,” said Robert Sumwalt, Board Member for the National Transportation Safety Board. Raising awareness of these issues surrounding young drivers can not only bring more safety to the road, but can spare the lives of so many innocent people. Teens need to be reminded often that they’re not invincible and that their lives can change in an instant if they do not follow the rules of the road.