Initiatives

Teen Crashes GTG - Sign Up Today!

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!

GDL Made Simple - Video and Brochure

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:

  1. Learner Permit
  2. Junior License
  3. Full License

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.

Ticket Your Parents

 
The Ticket Your Parent(s) program was designed by the Ohio Teen Safe Driving Coalition in partnership with the National Safety Council. The program is now availlable free for teachers and organization leaders who work with pre-teens in any state. Program facilitators give pre-teens a book of mock traffic tickets to issue to parents or other adult drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. After the program ends, pre-teens discuss what they learned while observing their parents' driving behaviors.

 

Register to host Ticket Your Parent(s)! All materials are free and available for download as soon as you register. This program is a perfect Teen Crashes GTG activity for junior high students.
 
 

The HEARTS Network

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. 

 

GDL Game Plan for Coaches

The GDL Game Plan for Coaches is a vehicle for high school and recreational or travel league coaches to hold an open dialog with athletes about enforcing and adhering to GDL laws in their state. The 4-page document includes an overview of how and why the New York GDL program works; offers suggestions for engaging athletes, parents and fans; outlines a sample code of conduct; and lists online resources. Information for coaches, athletes and parents about the Coaches Game Plan – including sample text for a GDL Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. The PDFs are available below.

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