Teen Driver Safety Week


 Whereas,        motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States, and many of these deaths are preventable; and 


Whereas,         almost 7,500 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years were involved in fatal crashes in 2005 throughout the United States; and


Whereas,         the fatality rate in the United States for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 years, based on miles driven, is 4 times the fatality rate for drivers between the ages of 25 and 69 years; and


Whereas,         the majority of teen driver crashes in the United States are due to driver error and speeding, and 15 percent of the crashes are due to drunk driving; and


Whereas,         roughly two-thirds of the teenagers killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year do not use seatbelts; and


Whereas,         approximately 63 percent of teen passenger deaths in the United States occur while other teenagers are driving; and


Whereas,         it is necessary to explore effective ways to reduce the crash risk for young drivers by focusing research and outreach efforts on areas of teen driving that show the most promise for improving safety; and


Whereas,         the National Teen Driver Survey, developed with input from teenagers and administered by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, demonstrates a national need to increase overall awareness about the safe use of electronic handheld devices, the risk of nighttime and fatigued driving, the importance of consistent seatbelt use, and the practice of gradually increasing driver privileges over time as a young driver gains more experience under supervised conditions; and


Whereas,          in 2005, 1,553 crash fatalities involving a teen driver occurred in the fall, when teenagers are in the first months of the school year and faced with many decisions involving driving, including whether to drive with peer passengers and other distractions; and


Whereas,         designating the third week of October as Teen Driver Safety Week is expected to increase awareness of these important issues among teenagers and adults in communities throughout the United States, as additional research is conducted to develop and test effective interventions that will help teenagers become safer drivers; 


Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors does hereby support the goals and ideals of National Teen Driver Safety Week and encourage the residents of Albemarle County to observe the week with appropriate activities that promote the practice of safe driving among the state's licensed teenage drivers.


                        Signed and sealed this 10th day of October, 2007.


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