The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition (FTSDC) met in St. Petersburg last week to discuss implementation of teen peer education programs to reduce the number of fatal teen car accidents in Florida. Teen safety advocates from all over the state met at All Children’s Hospital, where they were taught how to educate their friends on the importance of safe driving behaviors.
FTSDC’s teen educators were given a tour of All Children’s Emergency Room and watched as Tampa officials recreated accident scenes to help them better understand the magnitude of these fatal accidents. Conference educators are hoping the teen advocates will begin safety programs in their schools that would lead to a reduction in the high rate of teen driver fatalities in the state.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenage drivers, ages 16 to 19, are three times more likely to be in a fatal car crash than any other demographic of drivers. Sadly, car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, but most of these accidents are preventable.
Teen drivers can reduce their chances of being in an accident by wearing a seat belt, not speeding or being distracted by passengers or cell phones, not driving under the influence or fatigued, not driving at night, and not driving recklessly or aggressively.
“I commend the FTSDC for wanting to be educated on how they can help their friends and more importantly help reduce teen deaths by car accidents as a whole,” said traffic safety advocate and St. Petersburg car accident attorney, Jim Dodson.