We are a Coalition of more than 100 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 businesses. We’re also teens, parents and crash victims.
Teen Crashes GTG is a program that helps student groups organize and implement traffic safety awareness activities at their schools. Students coordinate three or more simple teen safe driving activities – at least one of which involves parents. Student groups that successfully implement and report activities are eligible for a $200 incentive grant. A planning guide for implementing the Teen Crashes GTG program – as well as a registration form to get started – is available by clicking this link. Go directly to the Registration Form here. Don't forget to submit your Report Form!
New York’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law is highly effective in reducing teen crashes – but only if teens and parents know and follow it. GDL Made Simple is an entertaining 5-minute video that you can watch and share for free by clicking this link. The video explains New York’s 3-step GDL process for new drivers:
A complementary GDL Made Simple brochure is available by clicking this link. This 2-page pamphlet can be downloaded, copied and shared to help reinforce the information provided in the GDL Made Simple video.
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?
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 minimum age for teens to be eligible for a driver’s permit, a mandatory holding period or probationary license and a basic or full license.
What does New York’s GDL program entail?
Young New York drivers must:
Some exceptions and additional responsibilities may apply. Further information about New York's GDL is available at http://www.dmv.ny.gov/youngerdriver
Why does New York 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 5,594 people in New York have been killed in teen-related motor vehicle crashes since 1991. It also estimates that since 1991, 856 lives have been saved with the implementation of GDL laws in New York. Implementing GDL programs has saved approximately 14,820 lives nationwide 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, and 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 of a sibling. Carrying two passengers increases crash risk by 158 percent, and three passengers increases risk by 207 percent.
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 New York does not allow teens on the roadways after 9 p.m. or before 5 a.m., parents can always set earlier times for their teens to be off the roads.
May teen drivers use hands-free cell phones?
New York bans all motorists from talking on a handheld device and texting while driving, but it does not have specific restrictions for teen drivers. Research clearly shows that both handheld and hands-free devices cause manual, cognitive and visual distraction, and the National Safety Council and the National Transportation Safety Board have called for a nationwide ban of all 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 tool for addressing teen crash risk because they help novice drivers build skill while minimizing risk. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, 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.
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