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Teen Driving Project: Teen Crashes
Transcript of Teen Driving Project: Teen Crashes
by Victoria Mardavich
Part 1 - Identify the Issue
There are many reasons why teens have lots of crashes, such as: distractions, speeding, seat belt use, and driving at night. At the ages of 15-18 teenagers try to multitask while they are driving. Such as: being on the phone, listening to music, and talking to your friends all at the same time. Doing these things can cause car accidents. Teenagers do not realize that simple things such as checking your phone for a text, or turning around to talk to your friends can cause a serious accident.
In 2010 , 11 percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers that died in crashes were distracted while driving.
Young people age 15-20 make up 6.7 percent of the total driving population in this country but are involved in 14 percent of all fatal crashes.
Sixty-five percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is driving.
Forty-one percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers occur at nighttime (between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.)
Two out of three teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes are males.
Web sites where this information was found.
Part 2 - Solutions for the Issue
How is another organization or group is working to solve the problem? Name the group and what they are doing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Center (CDC) works to prevent teen crashes and other related deaths and injuries. They give you steps to help keep your teen safe.
- Make your teen’s supervised driving period longer.
- Help your teen develop the skills they need and spend as much time as you can by providing supervised practice driving hours.
How is one organization or group trying to solve this problem? Name group and what they are doing.
In Fort Myers, Florida two organizations, Stay Alive...Just Drive!, Inc. and Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition are joining forces to help reduce the percentage of teen crashes. They are coming together to create a guide to help parents coach their teen to become safe drivers using the proven principles of GDL.
Statistics from research regarding teen crash rates.
Why is this a problem, especially for teen drivers?
Something else that should be done to help solve or curb the problem.
My own ideas for solving this problem. This may not be something that is currently being done.
One of my own ideas is to start talking with my friends who drive and get together and start a group at school about driving safely and etc. We don’t have anything like this at my school. I’m sure that all the teachers and administration would agree with having a club and support it. It would be a good thing to have in school since so many teenagers drive themselves to school nowadays.
What I can personally do to make more people aware of this issue?
I can personally make people more aware of the issue of teen crashes by getting my friends together and letting them know of the dangers. We can make sure that we follow the driving laws and make students aware of the consequences that come when you have a crash. I could also give out tips on how to drive safely.