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TEEN CORRESPONDENT
David_Mueller
David Mueller
Fargo, ND

Teen Correspondents across the nation keep the Lisa Johnson Foundation on the forefront of state and national news regarding the prevention of teen vehicle crashes.  For more information on this volunteer opportunity, contact info@lisajohnsonfoundation.org

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a survey in 2006 that shows almost 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved the driver's attention being diverted within three seconds of the incident.

To find your nearest Division of Motor Vehicles:  http://www.dmv.org/   

To see your state’s teen licensing laws:

GHSA

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


CONNECTICUT LEADS THE NATION
“Beginning August 1, Connecticut will impose the nation’s first law to immediately suspend a license of a young teen driver who has violated expanded passenger and curfew restrictions as well as committed certain other speeding-related violations………..read more

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. BRENDAN CAMPBELL
Dr. Brendan Campbell, Director of Pediatric Trauma at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, highlighted critical teen safety factors when he said, ”Parents need to understand that Connecticut's new teen drivers laws will save lives if their children follow them. Parental enforcement is critical to their success. Connecticut now leads the country in teen driving safety. The inconvenience the new teen driving laws create for parents is a small price to pay for keeping teenagers alive.”……………read more

NAT’L YOUNG DRIVER SURVEY CITES DANGEROUS PERCEPTIONS
“Perception does not equal reality with teen drivers according to a study released today by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Insurance(R)………………………….read more

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERTS
Currently, Arkansas, Kansas and North Dakota are the only three states in the nation that have not taken the necessary steps to protect teen drivers, their passengers, and those who share the road with them. These states have not adopted an effective Graduated Driver’s Licensing system for their new teen drivers.

Nearly two-thirds of the people killed in teen driver crashes are people other than teen drivers – people such as passengers, drivers of other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.


REPORT:  BENEFITS OF RAISING DRIVING AGE TO 17 OR 18
“Most US states allow driving at age 16, 16½, or somewhere in between. A new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report focuses on the costs in terms of lives of allowing licensure sooner rather than later. The message is that licensing at later ages would substantially reduce crashes involving teen drivers. The same conclusion has been reached in other countries………………………….read more

 
 
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