WASHINGTON: Campaign urges parents to emphasize safe driving with teens | Nation | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Oct

WASHINGTON: Campaign urges parents to emphasize safe driving with teens | Nation | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a campaign Tuesday challenging parents to discuss driving safety with their teenagers in order to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes, the No. 1 killer of 14- to 18-year-olds in the United States, according to federal data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scheduled the launch to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week. The campaign encourages parents to spend time each day during the week discussing one of the “5 to Drive” safety topics: No cellphone use or texting while driving, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol and no driving or riding without a seat belt.

The campaign “is about getting parents to engage in an ongoing discussion with teens about safe driving,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David L. Strickland. “As it happens, right now we’re losing way too many young people in crashes that are 100 percent preventable.”

Strickland said 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2011, and 45 percent of them died in the wrecks. His agency designed the safety topic list to counteract poor driving decisions that studies indicate contribute significantly to the high death rate among teenage drivers.

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