February 2015 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

NRSF JST DRV Contest

Expert: Parents have power to influence teen drivers

January is Teen Driver Awareness Month

Accept the Challenge - Register Today! Seat Belts Save Challenge!

Research Improves Training, Assessment of Teen Driving Skills

Laws tightened for teen drivers

Michelin and FIA Announce $100,000 Grant Program to Increase Teen Awareness of Tire Safety

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NRSF JST DRV Contest
The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and the Hawaiian Department of Education are looking for the best ideas for radio public service announcements, conceived by young people and aimed at young people, to alert them to the dangers of distracted driving.

From the month of February until April we are accepting applications for the JST DRV PSA Contest. All entries must be postmarked by April 1st. 2014. Read more here.

Expert: Parents have power to influence teen drivers
Younger drivers are often assumed to be the target audience for lectures about distracted driving, but many of them pick up risky habits from their parents, according to Tina Brunetti Sayer, principal engineer for Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor.

"As a mother of a teenager I often remind myself that the things I do behind the wheel go a long way in setting a powerful example," said Brunetti Sayer, winner of the 2015 Free Press Automotive Leadership Award for Community Involvement. Read more here.

January is Teen Driver Awareness Month

Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes. Consequently, motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of 14 to 18 year-olds in the United States.

Fact: a teen dies in a traffic crash an average of one every hour on weekends and nearly one every two hours during the week. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

Yes, the statistics are grim. But we provide them to raise awareness so you can start the conversation about safe-driving habits with your teen driver. Read more here.

 

Accept the Challenge - Register Today!
Seat Belts Save Challenge
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What is the Seat Belts Save Challenge?
The 2014 National Organizations of Youth Safety (NOYS) Seat Belts Save Challenge is a four-week campaign designed to educate teen drivers about the dangers of riding in a car without wearing a seat belt, and increase the number of teens who regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. Participating schools can win recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and coverage in national media.

Who Can Participate in the Seat Belts Save Challenge?

The 2014 NOYS Seat Belts Save Challenge is open to all high school students in the United States.

When is the Seat Belts Save Challenge?

The 2014 Fall Seat Belt Saves Challenge registration opens on September 30th and closes on October 17th. The Challenge runs from September 30th to November 18th. Your school can conduct the four-week challenge at any time during that period. The final report is due on December 5th.

Why Should My School Participate in the Seat Belts Save Challenge?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. Young drivers (15 to 20 years old) represent only six percent (12.6 million) of drivers in the United States, but account for nine percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 13 percent of drivers in all crashes. Data also shows that teens are not wearing their seat belts on a consistent basis. In 2012, more than half (51.2 percent) of drivers 16 to 19 years old killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts. In the last three years, this number has increased by six percent during a time when the seat belt use rate has grown for people of other ages.
NOYS, with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has developed Seat Belts Save, a national seat belt challenge to encourage greater seat belt use by teens across the country. The Seat Belts Save Challenge is a fun way to spread the word about a serious subject.  Participants that approach the challenge in a fun and creative way will better reach their peers with these important messages. Prizes will be awarded to the schools that demonstrate the highest seat belt use rate, the greatest increase in seat belt use, and the best education campaigns.  Remember, seat belts are the best defense in a crash but they only work if you wear them. Buckle up every time.

Pre-Register Today for the Spring 2015 Challenge

Research Improves Training, Assessment of Teen Driving Skills
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal on “one of the most dreaded rites of child-rearing — teaching a teenager to drive” — notes recent research on teen driving and training can help teens learn to be better drivers and so avoid accidents. The article touches on studies by Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) staff: one that examined a web-based intervention, and a more recent investigation of teen driving error frequency. Read more here.

Laws tightened for teen drivers
The start of 2015 saw revisions to the Graduated Driver Licensing law take effect.



The revisions require parents and guardians to be more involved as teenagers prepare to hit the road, becoming licensed drivers.

All students who did not complete the required six hours of behind-the-wheel training before Jan. 1, 2015, must now keep a log of time spent practicing on the road with a parent or guardian in the passenger seat.

Safeway, the largest driving school in the state with more than 5,500 students each year, 170 of those Spring Lake Park High School students, developed an app to help permitted drivers navigate the new requirements. Read more here.

Michelin and FIA Announce $100,000 Grant Program to Increase Teen Awareness of Tire Safety
Pilot Program Celebrates North American Debut of FIA Formula E Championship by Supporting Commitment to Create Lasting Community Legacy.

Michelin and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) today announced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) a significant new initiative to improve the safety of teen drivers in the Miami and Los Angeles areas.

The organizations announced plans to distribute $100,000 in new Michelin/FIA Teen Road Safety Grants in 2015. The grants continue the goals of Michelin's Beyond the Driving Test campaign, launched in partnership with the FIA in 2014 to raise awareness of tire maintenance and safety among new drivers. The new grants also celebrate the North American debut of the FIA-sanctioned Formula E Championship, the highest class of competition for electrically powered cars.

Non-profit and educational organizations with networks in the greater Miami and Los Angeles areas are encouraged to apply for the grants by downloading an application at www.beyondthedrivingtest.com and submitting it by Feb. 15, 2015. Read more here.



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