December 2014 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

Drive Safe Chicago

2015 Drive2Life Student PSA Contest

Top Teen Driving Safety Tips

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

New Jersey’s Teen Driver Decals Show Sustained Link with Fewer Crashes

Parents are Key' to success of National Teen Driver Safety Week, CDC says

Teen Driver Support System helps reduce risky driving behavior

Driving instructor: Winter is best time to learn behind the wheel

NHTSA' S Impaired Driving Update

Winter Driving Tips

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Feb 20-21, 2015

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April 27th, 2015

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Drive Safe Chicago
An exciting video contest for teens to help prevent distracted driving.

Send us your idea for a 30-second TV ad about the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting and talking on cell phones while driving.

You can win $2,000.00
        
PLUS
Work with an Emmy Award-winning director to make your idea into a Public Service Announcement to be featured at The Chicago Auto Show and also on National TV. Read more here.

2015 Drive2Life Student PSA Contest
Challenge your students in grades 6–12 to enter the 2015 Drive2Life Contest by creating public service announcements (PSAs) to help prevent distracted walking.

The student Grand Prize is $1,000 and a trip to New York City, where the winner will work with an Emmy Award–winning producer to film the PSA. Teachers have the chance to win, too! Check out the Official Rules.

Deadline: February 10, 2015. Read more here.

Top Teen Driving Safety Tips
It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raises awareness about issues related to the youngest drivers on the road. NHTSA notes that though teen driver fatalities have declined in recent years, “young drivers – particularly 16- and 17-year-olds - are significantly over-represented in fatal crashes.” See more here.

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
The holidays are considered by many to be a magical time of year, full of times with family, food, and celebrations. However, for many families in Illinois, the 2014 holiday season will be the first without a loved one who lost their life on the roads of Illinois. December is designated "National Impaired Driving Prevention Month," a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

In 2012, there were 335 people in Illinois killed in alcohol-related crashes, which was 35 percent of the 956 total crash fatalities. In the same year, nearly 40,000 (37,126) DUI arrests were recorded by the Illinois Secretary of State's office, which is down just slightly from 2011 (38,704 DUI arrests).

Another alarming fact is that the number high school-aged drivers who have at least once driven after drinking alcohol or used marijuana or other illegal drugs is on the rise. *According to the Illinois Youth Survey, 16.2 percent of 12th graders drove after drinking alcohol in 2010. In 2012, that number rose to 17.5 percent. The survey also indicates that in 2010, 20.3 percent of 12th graders drove after using marijuana or other illegal drugs. That number rose to 21.2 percent in 2012. See the article here.

New Jersey’s Teen Driver Decals Show Sustained Link with Fewer Crashes
A new study from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides valuable evidence that New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal provision is associated with a sustained two-year decline in crash rates among intermediate (i.e., probationary) teen drivers. The study, which linked New Jersey’s licensing and crash record databases to measure effects of the requirement, was published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Crash involvement of an estimated 3,197 intermediate drivers was prevented in the first two years after the decal’s implementation. Read more here.

Parents are Key' to success of National Teen Driver Safety Week, CDC says
(Reuters Health) - This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes its “Parents are Key” campaign will help parents encourage safe driving habits.

Among the tools for parents on the CDC’s website: a "Parent-Teen Driving Agreement," designed to be posted on refrigerators and serve as a daily safety reminder (see here: 1.usa.gov/1s9lB3q). On the CDC site, parents can also learn about common danger zones and state driving laws. See more here.

Teen Driver Support System helps reduce risky driving behavior
Although teen drivers make up a small percentage of the U.S. driving population, they are at an especially high risk of being involved in a crash. In fact, drivers between ages 16 and 19 have higher average annual crash rates than any other age group.

To help teen drivers stay safe on the road, researchers at the U of M’s HumanFIRST Laboratory have been working for nearly 10 years on the development of the Teen Driver Support System (TDSS). The smartphone-based application provides real-time, in-vehicle feedback to teens about their risky behaviors—and reports those behaviors to parents via text message if teens don’t heed the system’s warnings.

TDSS provides alerts about speed limits, upcoming curves, stop sign violations, excessive maneuvers, and seat belt use. It also prevents teens from using their phones to text or call (except 911) while driving. Read more here.

Driving instructor: Winter is best time to learn behind the wheel
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. –Century Driving School in Hudsonville cancelled behind-the-wheel classes on Tuesday, but owner Dave Muma said that winter is actually a great time for teens to learn how to drive.

“When we have a parent ask us, well, when is the best time of the year to actually learn, we will tell them the winter,” said Muma. “When it’s as bad as it was, really low visibility and when the road conditions have gotten as poor as they have gotten, then we will go ahead and cancel. Otherwise, we want them to experience as much winter driving as they possibly can.”

Muma said that taking driving students out on the road when the weather isn’t too extreme is the best way to learn how to maneuver on Michigan streets in winter. He said that it’s a great opportunity to give young drivers much needed experience. Read more here.

NHTSA' S Impaired Driving Update

Pre-Holiday Season Drunk Driving Prevention: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
November 28 - December 9, 2014 
These marketing tools can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives while, at the same time, partnering with other States, communities, and traffic safety organizations on this drunk driving prevention initiative. They are based on the two basic principles that, during this Holiday Season 2014:

arrow Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming)
arrow Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement)

Get more information here.

Winter Driving Tips
Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices. Contact your local AAA club for more information.
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips here


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