This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is October 15-21, 2017. NTDSW is an annual awareness campaign that advocates for safe and conscientious driving among teens. As it stands, teens make up approximately 20% of all road-related injuries, but only account for 12% of licenced drivers. The NB Trauma Program is participating in NTDSW to help our teens get home safe.
This year, the focus of NTDSW is drugged driving. With legislation changes looming in regards to marijuana use, it’s important to encourage teens to abstain from drug use, particularly when behind the wheel. NTDSW’s campaign this year will also focus on distracted driving and aggressive driving (such as speeding or tailgating). Canadian youths between the ages of 16-19 are at a disproportionately high risk of death than other age groups when it comes to being behind the wheel. We all want our teens to be safe while driving, so take the opportunity this week to remind your teen to drive avoid risky driving behavior.
This year, you can get involved with NTDSW on the web and on twitter. Use the hashtag #GetHomeSafe on twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and make sure to follow @NBTrauma on twitter to see all of our NTDSW tweets!
For more information from Parachute on NTDSW, click here.
If you require further information about safe driving for teens, feel free to contact the NB Trauma Program any time at 506 648 8040 or NBTrauma@HorizonNB.ca.
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