We are a Coalition of more than 51 organizations committed to helping teens leverage the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). We represent state and local government, law enforcement and public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash victims.
Our goal is zero -- no teen-related crashes, injuries or fatalities. Ensuring that teens survive the most dangerous time of their lives is not just the responsibility of parents, police and school officials, but every citizen.
Led by Bonnie Raffaele, our Coalition is working collaboratively to effect change in Michigan. We invite you to learn about our initiatives and to join us. There are no monthly meetings or membership dues; your only obligation is to help spread the word about Michigan's GDL program.
Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by a teen driving-related crash. The National Safety Council manages the HEARTS Network, a nationwide group of families and victims who have been directly impacted by a teen-related crash. The HEARTS Network - an acronym for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors - helps families and victims support one another and advocate for change. We encourage anyone who has been impacted to join the HEARTS Network and the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions.
Personal stories play an important role in affecting change. For that purpose, we have created a “Sharing HEARTS” section of the HEARTS Network webpage dedicated to telling the stories of those whose lives have changed forever because of teen-related crashes.
Visit the HEARTS Network webpage to learn more.
What is the Graduated Driver License Program?
First implemented in Michigan and Florida in the mid-1990s, Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) is a three-step system designed to provide novice drivers with the necessary tools to be safe on our roadways and minimize those things that cause them the greatest risk of crash – distraction caused by other passengers, the use of cell phones and electronic devices as well as driving late at night and riding unbelted. There is a learner's permit phase, a probationary license period and finally a basic or full license.
What does Michigan’s GDL program entail?
Michigan’s GDL program consists of the following elements:
Why does Michigan need a GDL program?
Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, and their crash risk is four times that of an experienced driver. The risk is highest when teens are in the first 12 to 24 months of licensure.
The “License to Save” Report issued by The Allstate Foundation in December 2011 estimates that of the 157 fatalities involved in Michigan crashes with young drivers, 24 would have been avoided with enactment of a more comprehensive GDL law.The implementation of GDL programs has saved approximately 14,820 lives nationally since 1991. It is proven to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving teen drivers.
Why are passengers dangerous for teen drivers?
Most teen crashes involve some form of distraction. While cell phone use clearly poses a danger to all motorists, passengers are particularly distracting to young drivers. A teen driver is twice as likely to be killed in a crash while carrying just one passenger, regardless of whether the passenger is a friend or a sibling. Carrying three or more passengers quadruples risk.
Why is nighttime driving risky for teens?
Forty percent of all teen driver fatal crashes occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. While Michigan does not allow teens on the roadways unsupervised between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., parents are encouraged to set an earlier time for their teens to be off the roads.
May teen drivers use hands-free cell phones?
No. Michigan has a complete cell phone ban for all motorists in the learners permit or restricted stages of GDL. Research clearly shows that both handheld and hands-free devices cause manual, cognitive and visual distraction. NSC and the National Transportation Safety Board have called for a complete ban of cell phone use while driving for all motorists, regardless of age.
How can I help a teen driver gain more experience?
Research clearly shows that GDL programs are the most effective tactic for addressing teen crash risk because they help novice drivers build skill while minimizing risk. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, advisor, older sibling, neighbor or friend, learning about and enforcing the GDL program is important.
Parents in particular play a critical role in teen driver safety. Teens who report having parents that set rules and monitor their activities in a helpful and supportive way are half as likely to crash, 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving and 50 percent more likely to wear a safety belt. By partnering with parents, you can help to ensure that they know about and leverage the proven principles of GDL so their teens gain skill and become good drivers for life.
DCH Teen Safe Driver program - for parents and teens
AAA Keys2Drive for parents and teens
Safe Kids - for parents and teens 13/14-years of age
SADD - for parents, teens and educators
National Organizations for Youth Safety for parents, teens and educators
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - for parents, teens and educators
We are a Coalition of more than 50 individuals and organizations committed to helping teens leverage the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). We are affiliated with state and local government, law enforcement and public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, and business. We’re also teens, parents and crash victims.
Our goal is zero -- no crashes, injuries or fatalities. Unfortunately, teen drivers and teen passengers (driven by their peers) continue to die in motor vehicle crashes every year. Ensuring that teens survive their most dangerous driving years is not just the responsibility of parents, police and school officials, but every citizen.
Led by nationally recognized teen safe driving advocate and expert, Bonnie Raffaele, our Coalition is working collaboratively to effect change in Michigan. We invite you to learn about our initiatives and to join us. There are no monthly meetings or membership dues; your only obligation is to help spread the word about Michigan's GDL program.
The Michigan Teen Coalition will be participating in the Michigan Highway Safety Summit in March. We will have a booth on Wednesday, March 23rd with tons of information on what we do and what we have accomplished. Bonnie will be speaking on Tuesday Morning, and our one and only Patricia Carter will be honored at the honors banquette.
Stop by our booth.
Michigan Trauma Coalition Injury Prevention Symposium.
October 6th in Lansing, Michigan
Come check out the Colaitions Booth.
Michigan Office of Highway Safety
Michigan Secretary of State
Brain Injury Alliance of MI
MIchigan Chiefs of Police Association
Police Officers around State
Munson Trauma Services
All Star Driver Education
University of Michigan
Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI)
Michigan Sherif's Association
Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
Kohl's Drive Smart Distracted Driving Prevention Program
Sault Area Schools
Michigan Municipal League
Tru Scott Rossman Associates
Michigan Sheriffs Association
University of Michigan
Michigan Public Health Institute
Mid-Michigan Medical Center
All-Star Driver Education
Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator
Botsford Hospital Trauma Services