Mobile Safety Display – Dramatic Reality Check
The Northwest LA Transportation Safety Coalition doesn’t want our teen drivers going out in a crash. Young Driver Emphasis Area leaders are proving the #WreckedLives Mobile Safety Display to schools in the seven parish region of Louisiana State Police Troop G—Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster. The mobile safety display aims to send a hard-hitting message of the dangers and consequences of unsafe driving behaviors—such as drinking and driving, distracted driving, and not wearing a seat belt. The display is also a reminder to parents, grandparents, and caregivers about the importance of talking to their teen to reinforce teen driving laws and to set their own family driving rules.
How to Request the Mobile Safety Display
To request the mobile safety display, register online at www.wreckedlives.com.
Traffic Crashes –Leading Cause of Teen Deaths
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Louisiana teenagers, primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, poor seat belt use, and risk-taking behaviors. In 2018, of the 771 fatalities in Louisiana, nearly 200 were young drivers (age 15-20). Data shows a significant number of these young drivers were drunk, distracted, or not wearing a seat belt.
Tips for Parents to Establish Safer Teen Drivers
• Provide significant supervised driving training and continue to do so even after licensure.
• Train teens on a variety of road types (urban, rural) and in different conditions (night, rain, ice).
• Talk with teens to reinforce laws and set limits (such as passenger limitations, nighttime driving) and use a driving contract between parent and teen to set rules.
• Encourage teens to speak up when they feel unsafe in a vehicle to stop unsafe driving behaviors.
Dr. Shelly Barrett, Coordinator
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