National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is October 15 – October 21, 2017. This week has been designated as a time to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Teen driver inexperience, coupled with immaturity, often results in risk-taking behaviors such as alcohol use, speeding and not wearing a seat belt – all of which contribute to an increased death rate.
North Dakota Facts:
*Every 3 hours, one teen driver crash occurred on North Dakota roads in 2016.
*Last year, one teen died in a crash every 46 days in North Dakota.
*In North Dakota, teen drivers age 14-19 account for 5 percent of all licensed drivers but are behind the wheel in nearly 20 percent of all crashes.
*Teen drivers account for more than 10 percent of fatal crashes. And, over the past five years in North Dakota, 60 teens have died in vehicle crashes.
Watch this video of a North Dakota family tell their story of their teen daugther lost to not wearing her seatbelt.