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Teen Driver Safety Advocacy

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it requires a fully realized grassroots effort to motivate change to keep teens safe on the roads. Teen driver advocacy takes community leaders and policymakers, as well as teens, parents, teachers, coaches, principals, and others to make change happen. You can help. Here's how to get involved in teen driver safety advocacy:

  • Advocate for a Better GDL for Your State.  It’s hard to get a law passed on your own. Use these tips to help improve teen driver laws in your state:
    --Learn more about the current laws in your state to keep teen drivers safe here. Then see how to tap into MAP-21 funding from the federal government.
    -- Check the Internet for any pending legislation in your state or on Capitol Hill. See if the bill or bills align with recommended Minimum GDL Provisions.
    -- Contact the bill sponsor’s office to check on the status of the bill. Ask how you can specifically help.
    -- Reach out to other organizations that typically have a stake in protecting teen drivers, such as injury prevention organizations, insurance companies, AAA, your state’s Highway Safety office, etc. to see if you can partner to support the bill and to better understand the legislative environment concerning this type of legislation.
    -- Develop a clear message point you would like to share from what you have learned from this site and use it when calling or writing your legislator. Be very clear about the particular piece of legislation you support and why. State legislators really appreciate hearing from their constituents. 
    -- Share scientific evidence with legislators that support extending GDL provisions to novice drivers ages 18-20. 

    Download and share these fact sheets with policymakers. - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/saving_teen_lives_through_graduated_driver_licensing_gdl/support_gov#sthash.WhLAbrq6.dpuf
  • Support National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) -- October 15-21, 2017. This federally-mandated week is designed to increase awareness of teen driver safety in communities across the nation. Research shows that teens understand that they are vulnerable and are well aware of many risks. So, focusing on avoiding regret can be a very powerful message for teens. Learn more.

    This year's theme is  ‘Supporting Older Novice Drivers: Building Awareness of a Steady Trend in Delayed Licensure.’ About one-third of all drivers, including more than 60 percent of teens from lower income areas, are not licensed by age 18. By age 21, about 20 percent of all teens and more than 60 percent of youth in lower income areas are still not licensed. At least one in three teens that eventually become licensed do so without the protective benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), beyond basic learner requirements. - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/get_behind_national_teen_driver_safety_week_ntdsw/teen#sthash.75MFgz0P.dpuf
    This year's theme is  ‘Supporting Older Novice Drivers: Building Awareness of a Steady Trend in Delayed Licensure.’ About one-third of all drivers, including more than 60 percent of teens from lower income areas, are not licensed by age 18. By age 21, about 20 percent of all teens and more than 60 percent of youth in lower income areas are still not licensed. At least one in three teens that eventually become licensed do so without the protective benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), beyond basic learner requirements. - See more at: http://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/get_behind_national_teen_driver_safety_week_ntdsw/teen#sthash.75MFgz0P.dpuf

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