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GHSA Teen Driver Publications

GHSA has produced a number of publications on the issue of teen driver safety. From the latest teen driver fatality data to innovative young driver initiatives, GHSA is commited to sharing this information with its members, partners and the general public to help keep teens safe on our nation's roadways.

Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road

Published August 2014

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This report outlines nearly two dozen legislation, enforcement and educational programs developed and implemented by the public and private sector at the national, state and local levels to help keep teen drivers' focus off their smartphones and on the road.

The report was funded by a grant from State Farm®. Learn More

Getting It To Click! Connecting Teens And Seat Belt Use

Published July 2014

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This report, made possible with funding from The Allstate Foundation, details promising programs and practices that states are using to encourage teens to wear their seat belts every time they drive or ride in a vehicle.

The programs listed can serve as road maps to other states and stakeholders concerned about keeping young drivers safe on our roads. Learn More

Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks

Published June 2013

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Despite a significant drop in overall fatal teen driving crashes over the past decade, speeding has actually grown slightly as a contributing factor.

This publication examines the scope of the teen speeding problem, why it exists, and what policymakers and parents can do to help reduce the number of teen speeding-related fatalities. Learn More

Promoting Parent Involvement in Teen Driving:
An In-Depth Look at the Importance and the Initiatives

Published May 2013

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An In-Depth Look at the Importance and the Initiatives cover

This publication examines the critical role parents play in helping their teens survive their driving years, looking at how parents can support – or supplement – state laws to help their teens develop into good, safe drivers.

It also examines best practices in reaching parents and looks at the key elements of a successful parent program. Learn More

Spotlight on Highway Safety
Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2012 Preliminary Data

Published February 2013

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Preliminary data indicate deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers are up 19 percent between the first six months of 2011 and the first six months of 2012.

The report suggests potential explanations for the recent uptick in teen driver deaths and also provides suggestions on how to reverse the trend and save more teen lives. Learn More

Curbing Teen Driver Crashes: An In-Depth Look at State Novice Driver Initiatives

Published October 2012

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This State Farm®-funded GHSA publication takes a detailed look at what states are doing to address teen driver safety.

As a follow-up to 2010's Protecting Teen Drivers: A Guidebook for State Highway Safety Offices, it focuses on six key areas: strengthening Graduated Driver License (GDL) laws; law enforcement support; engaging parents and teens; improving driver education; and garnering consistent media coverage. Learn More

Spotlight on Highway Safety
Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2011 Preliminary Data

Published February 2012

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This report indicates that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles increased 11 percent between the first six months of 2010 and the first six months of 2011. This could mean 2011 saw the first increase in driver deaths for this age group after eight straight years of declines.

It offers some potential explanations for the increase as well as recommendations to improve teen driver safety. Learn More

Protecting Teen Drivers: A Guidebook for State Highway Safety Offices

Published 2010

Protecting Teen Drivers: A Guidebook for State Highway Safety Offices

This State Farm®-funded GHSA publication is a compendium of programs and policies most likely to improve driver safety outcomes for teens.

The Guidebook is intended to serve as a resource for State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to assist in their efforts with teens and others who influence them. It examines strategies SHSOs can champion that have been proven to be effective or demonstrated significant promise in addressing teen driver safety. Learn More