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Project Ignition Grants Now Available!
The National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm are pleased to announce the availability of $2,000 Project Ignition grants for public high schools to support their students in addressing teen driver safety through service-learning. For more information about Project ignition, Click here.
IDecide Launches Teenage Organ Donor Video
IDecide has made a video available for free download to educate teenagers about the choice to become a designated organ donor on their driver's license. This research project is being funded by the National Institute of Health. You can read more about this project and view the video here.
Bridgestone Announces Teen Driver Contest
Bridgestone Americas’ Teens Drive Smart program has launched a video contest that gives students the opportunity to tell Teens Drive Smart, and the nation, why they should earn a $5,000 grant to develop or expand teen driver safety programs at their school. You may read the press release here and contact Chandra McLean for more details.
Graduated Driver's Licenses Cut Some Fatal Accidents
Getting a driver's license is a teenage rite of passage, and graduated driver licensing programs which progressively afford young drivers more driving privileges as they gain experience are a fact of life for teens in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. But these programs have achieved mixed results, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Read the article here.
Curbs on Youngest Drivers may Have Bad Side Effect
Strong driver’s license laws have led to fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but with a disturbing side effect – more fatal accidents among 18-year-olds.
Many states require young drivers to get extensive experience, including driving with an adult, before getting a full license. But in most states those laws only apply to those younger than 18. The new study suggests some teens are just putting off getting a license until they turn 18 – meaning they have little experience and higher odds for a deadly crash. Read the article here.
Educating the Public About the Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving
The National Safety Council released a series of short videos, “Understanding Distracted Driving,” to address the most frequently asked questions about cell phone use while driving. The videos, featuring NSC Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives David Teater, are free to download or are available to businesses and the public via YouTube.
In short, two- to three-minute clips, Teater answers 12 questions, including why cell phones are a particularly dangerous distraction, and explains the science behind cognitive distraction. The videos also address how employers can protect their employees with workplace policies. You can watch the videos here.
NHTSA and Chuggington Create Partnership for Traffic Safety Campaign for Kids
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and popular animated series Chuggington announced a new partnership to teach children how to be safe in and around cars. The nationwide traffic safety campaign is geared specifically towards children from the ages of 2 to 7 and includes a public service announcement featuring characters from the show, a kid-focused safety pledge and downloadable tips and activities for parents and caregivers to use with children.
"This exciting partnership with Chuggington will help us bring our traffic safety message to young children and parents alike," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Educating children at an early age about the importance of wearing bicycle helmets, looking both ways when crossing the street and buckling up leads to a lifetime of good traffic safety habits." You can read more here and view Chuggingtons video here.