Young people across America can’t wait for the school year to end and are looking forward to summer time fun. Teens need to keep safety in mind as they prepare for vacations, proms, graduations and road trips.
Sadly, we all know that traffic accidents are the main cause of death for teens in America. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) shows the summer months of May through August are the deadliest months of the year for teens aged 15 to 19. As a matter of fact, nearly twice as many teens died on the roads each day during these four months when compared to the rest of the year.
These are tragic statistics that should remind our young people that safe driving needs to be done year round especially in the summer.
That’s why National Youth Traffic Safety Month is so vital and is the reason each May the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) hold contests, events and promotions to heighten awareness about the dangers teens face on the road.
Nationwide, over 220 high school teams are taking part in the NOYS Act Out Loud contest, which asks teens to promote safe driving projects in their communities. This year the focus is on distracted driving, and teams have been: creating music videos and PSA’s, holding school assemblies and gathering X the TXT pledges preaching the dangers of cell phone use (talking or texting) while driving. A prize of $10,000 will go to the winning team’s local youth safety organization.
“There’s no doubt that young people have the power to educate both their peers and adults about safe driving and safer roads,” said NOYS Executive Director Sandy Spavone.
The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and NOYS also recently announced the winning Drive 2 Life Public Service Announcement that will air nationally this month as part of National Youth Traffic Safety Month.
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