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Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe
Parents: Remember the ‘5 to Drive’ to Keep Your Teen Drivers Safe


The Resource Training Center is issuing a special challenge this week to the parents of all teen drivers with a special “5 to Drive” campaign encouraging parents to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45 percent) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.

That’s why The Resource Training Center in Amherst is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other highway safety partners across the country to encourage parents to get the facts and to start the conversations — during National Teen Driver Safety Week and every week — to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel.

“Parents have spent their entire lives trying to protect their kids, but then they hand their teens the keys to a two-ton machine, and expect them to know what to do,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center. “We want to remind parents that they still have a lot to teach their teen drivers, and they should talk it out and always set the rules before their teens hit the road.”

Each day during National Teen Driver Safety Week parents are encouraged to visit www.safercar.gov/parents for more information and key reminders about the “5 to Drive” – five specific rules designed to help save the lives of more teenage drivers and soon-to-be teen drivers. The “5 to Drive” reminders that parents are encouraged to regularly share with their teens include: 

• No cell phones while driving.

• No extra passengers.

• No speeding.

• No alcohol.

• No driving or riding without a seat belt.

While some might say such rules are fairly obvious, a recent survey shows that only about 25 percent of parents have serious talks with their kids about the key components of safe driving. The “5 to Drive” are designed to address the major contributing factors in fatal crashes involving teens. 

Even though they cannot legally purchase or possess alcohol, nationally in 2011, 27 percent of teen drivers killed had some level of alcohol in their systems. Teens are also the age group most likely to be distracted by texting or dialing on cell phones while driving, creating dangerous consequences. 
“We hope more parents will use National Teen Driver Safety Week as a way to get started in having direct and regular conversations with their teens about safe driving,” said Farrar. “Too many teen lives are being needlessly and tragically lost, and the numbers are only going up. So it is time for parents to swing into action and use the ‘5 to Drive’ before their teens hit the road.”

For more information about national Teen Driver Safety Week and the new “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm.

Located in the Harlem Road Community Center at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, The Resource Training Center offers a wide variety of services, including the New York State Drinking Driver Program for individuals convicted of an alcohol- or drug-related driving violation, and Alive at 25, a unique program that teaches young drivers to change how they approach driving through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more.

For more information, please call 983-2258, email info@wnyresourcetraining.org or visit www.wnyresourcetraining.org. You can also follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348.


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