Because motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death and injury for teens living in the United States, AAA Texas and the City of Dallas will host a free event to educate teens about traffic safety. The Teen Driver Safety Fair will include guest speakers who’ve lost loved ones in North Texas teen driving crashes, interactive exhibits and take-home resources to help pre-permit teens, beginning drivers and their families navigate through the difficult learning-to-drive process and beyond. This event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Dallas City Hall Plaza in downtown from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.. This date was chosen as it falls right before a time period known as ‘100 Deadliest Days’, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers spike.
Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings has proclaimed Saturday, May 18, 2019 as Teen Driver Safety Awareness Day. Dallas Municipal Judge Julie Clancy invited AAA Texas to host the Teen Driver Safety Fair after learning of similar events in other areas and AAA’s mission to prevent traffic deaths and injuries.
“The City of Dallas is proud to team up with AAA Texas to deliver this exciting event, which aims to educate young drivers about the dangers they will face behind the wheel,” said Clancy, City of Dallas. “I encourage all new drivers and their parents to attend this free and fun event. The Teen Driver Safety Fair aims to make Dallas streets safer for our children, citizens and the thousands who choose to visit Dallas and drive our roadways each day.”
Interactive activities for teens and parents will include education about distracted and impaired driving, as well as information about the Texas Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law.
100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers
Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals an average of 10 people per day are killed in crashes with teen drivers involved during the ‘100 Deadliest Days’, which is a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As school lets out for summer, AAA stresses the importance of preparing and educating inexperienced teen drivers for some of the most dangerous driving days of the year.
In addition to traffic safety specialists and community advocates, family members who’ve lost loved ones in teen driving crashes will be on hand to share their story, in an effort to make an impact on the young minds.
AAA encourages parents to educate their teens and themselves about risky driving behavior. Parents should:
- Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations, such as speeding and nighttime driving.
- Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
- Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.
TeenDriving.AAA.com has a variety of tools, including licensing and state law information, to help prepare parents and teens for not only the dangerous summer driving season, but also all year long. The site also features new interactive widgets highlighting teen driving risks, as well as a social host quiz. The online AAA StartSmart program also offers great resources for parents on how to become effective in-car coaches as well as advice on how to manage their teen’s overall driving privileges.
Strengthening teen driving laws to increase roadway safety is a top priority for AAA. The Association’s advocacy efforts are helping to protect teens by working to pass graduated driver licensing laws, including seat belt requirements, wireless device bans and nighttime driving and passenger restrictions, in states across the country.
About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit www.AAAFoundation.org.
About AAA: As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 59 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Find more information on AAA clubs at AAA.com.