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Posted on: October 12, 2017

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 15-21

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James City County Police Department joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week to encourage all parents to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. - ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence, according to NHTSA. In 2015, 1,972 teen drivers (15–18 years old) were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 2,200 deaths nationwide. An estimated 99,000 teen drivers were also injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 

Parents are encouraged to have regular dialogue with your teen drivers about the most dangerous and deadly driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers. Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes.

For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and safe driving tips for your teens, please visit their website.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson

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