Parent involvement is needed now more than ever to support the safety of young drivers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Motor vehicle accidents remain the number one cause of death for American teens as roads in America become more deadly. More than 21,340 people died in accidents in the first six months of this year, according to estimates by the National Safety Council. These numbers are 1% lower than the same period last year, but 15% higher than in 2020. For teens, NSC analysis shows that the total number of occupant deaths in 2020, the last year with available data, was over 2,400. an increase of 15.6% compared to 2019.
To reverse this deadly trend, DriveitHOME, an NSC program focused on keeping teenagers safe on the road, has partnered with Honda as part of their corporate social responsibility team initiative to improve the safety of young drivers. to support. NSC and Honda will virtually bring together parents and experts from across the country through 15 brand new, free parent evenings across the state. These virtual events will educate parents about the issues and risk factors teen drivers face, and provide state-specific information for parents, such as accident rates and GDL laws.
“Evidence shows that more and more teens are not coming home safely. It’s heartbreaking and unacceptable,” said Mark Chung, executive vice president of road safety at NSC and parent of three children. “Parent involvement is needed now more than ever, and NSC is excited to work with Honda to educate parents on how and why it is imperative to keep young drivers safe. Just thoughtful guidance to my teens, as well as to help me create open dialogues about the importance of safe driving.”
The parent evenings also feature guest speakers and survivors’ advocates, with the ultimate goal of providing parents with information and new resources they can use to get involved in their teens’ driver training process. These virtual meetings will begin with Texas and California, January 23, 2023 and will run through February 23. For more information and to register to attend these free events, visit DriveitHOME.org/ParentNight.
About the National Security Council
The National Safety Council is America’s leading not-for-profit safety advocate — and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a safety culture to keep people safer not only at work, but also outside of it, so they can live their lives to the fullest.
SOURCE National Security Council