Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination to the National Safety Council for this year’s Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award.
Our Margate personal injury lawyers agree that recognizing exemplary role models that promote teen safety is a show of good faith in reducing teen car accidents in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere throughout the country.
The NSC Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award is sponsored by General Motors and was established to recognize individuals or organizations who have stepped up and made contributions towards reducing the number of teen crashes, injuries and deaths. Nominees should be submitted for the following efforts:
-Showing of support to reduce crashes involving teen drivers.
-Have promoted or coordinated safety methods that are geared towards adopting safer driving practices.
-Taken proven safety methods to legislation to help enact.
-Advocate to the public to gain understanding of the dangers of inexperienced drivers and ways to prevent young driver crashes.
-Have a longstanding commitment to improving teen driving safety.
“General Motors has a longstanding affiliation with NSC and the Teen Driving Program,” said Mike Robinson, vice president, GM Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “Driver behavior plays a critical role in safety, particularly for new, inexperienced drivers. We are pleased to support this recognition program and the awareness it gives to developing and maintaining safe driver habits.”
The 2010 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award Winners include:
-American Family Insurance which created and provides a video feedback program to families insured by the company. The video allows parents to watch their teens driving behavior through a DriveCam system. Scientists at the University of Iowa validated that a 70 percent reduction in bad driving behaviors has occurred from the program.
-Harry D. Jacobs High School initiated several community and school projects that brought about awareness to junior high and high school students about the dangers of teen driving, including seat belt use. Since implementing, seat belt use in the community has gone from 70 to 97 percent over a three year period.
-National Organizations for Youth Safety is commended for reaching out to more than 6,000 schools and over 220,000 students through a web-based educational tool that can be used by both teens and their parents. The organization also advocates for Graduated Driver Licensing GDL) Laws and supports teen safety groups on discussions with their peers about underage drinking and distracted driving.
-Teens in the Driver Seat is a program developed by the Texas Transportation Institute. The TDS program reaches out to students throughout Texas and encourages teens to talk to teens about driving safety, changing behaviors and taking fewer risks while behind the wheel. TDS also played a role in improving the GDL laws enacted in 2009.
Nominations will be accepted for the 2011 Award until August 5, 2011. Once chosen, three winners will receive national recognition for their efforts. For more information, or if you want to nominate an individual or group, visit nsc.org/teenaward and click on the ‘Safety Leadership Award, Submit a Nomination Today’ icon located on the right side of the web page.
Each day, crashes involving teen drivers take the lives of roughly 15 people. Getting involved and nominating someone for their efforts can go a long way in helping to reduce teen driving accidents.
The experienced accident attorneys at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC represent car accident victims and their families in Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Margate, West Palm Beach and Miami. If you have been involved in a car accident involving a teen driver, call 1-800-561-7777 for a free appointment to discuss your claim.
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