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National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 18-24

October 20, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2013, there were 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Yet a survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. 
 
During National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24, NHTSA urges parents and guardians to make time to have these talks, and to continue those conversations throughout the learning-to-drive process. The “5 to Drive” campaign stresses safe teen driving habits and addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers. 
 
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