Dodge County Officials Encourage Open Dialogue During Teen Driver Safety Week

(Juneau) The Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation for National Teen Driver Safety Week. Throughout this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and local officials are encouraging parents to discuss the importance of driving safety with their young drivers.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18-years-old in the United States. In 2018, there were over 2,000 people killed in crashes involving a teen passenger vehicle driver, of which 719 deaths were the teen driver – a 5-percent decrease from 2017. There were an estimated 88,000 teen drivers injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes and an estimated 256,000 people injured in crashes involving a teen driver, accounting for almost 10-percent of all those injured in 2018.

Dodge County Traffic Safety Coordinator Scott Smith says teens lack experience behind the wheel and that increases the chance for dangerous circumstances of the teen drivers and others around them. He says that is why it is important for parents to have these discussions with their teens. Several topics the NHTSA suggests talking about include alcohol, lack of seatbelt use, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers.

More information can be found at the following link: www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving