Teen Driver SafetyNationally, teens represent less than 7 percent of the driving population; however they account for more than 13 percent of drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes (National Transportation Safety Board, Safety Alert). Between 2008 and 2010, 267 young people died in Arizona vehicle collisions, with 37 percent of them not wearing a seatbelt (Fatality Analysis Reporting System, U.S. Department of Transportation). According to the 2009 Arizona Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 13 percent of 9th through 12th grade students never or rarely wear a safety belt while riding in a car driven by someone else.
Teens are a crucial target audience, as indicated by the Arizona Injury Surveillance System. Females between 14 and 18 years of age had the highest motor vehicle traffic related emergency room visit rate (1,541.7 per 100,000). The rate for all 14 to 18 year olds was 1,364.2 emergency room visits per 100,000 adolescents.
Scottsdale Fire Department works with middle school and high school groups to develop age appropriate programs to encourage safe driving habits and seatbelt use. In the 2013/14 school year, Saguaro and Chaparral high schools will participate in crash demos with Scottsdale Public Safety. The Cactus Shadows High School SADD group is also planning activities to continue their efforts to increase driver safety awareness.
In 2012/13, four Scottsdale high schools participated in a Seatbelt Challenge, coordinated by Scottsdale Public Safety and sponsored by grant money from State Farm. Their efforts resulted in increased seatbelt useage at each school. Read the executive summary.(pdf/93k/2pp)
For more information about safe driving programs presented by Scottsdale Fire, contact Lori Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-312-1817