We spent a lot of time on last Saturday’s Car Pro Show discussing the 100 deadly days of summer. Essentially, with school out, AAA warns that as the mercury rises, so do teen driving fatalities.
Car crashes already are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, who have the highest crash rate of any age group, AAA stated. During the summer months — when drivers rack up 20 billion more miles than at other times of the year — an average of 260 teens are killed in accidents each month. That’s a 26 percent spike compared to the other months of the year.
As we discussed on-air last week, an Austin-area judge came up with a wonderful teen driver contract. Here is the note he sent me. Thank you so much Judge Madison!
I commend you for your article that was published in the Austin American Statesman on Thursday, October 11. I preside over 4 municipal courts in Central Texas. My court in Lakeway has won 3 traffic safety initiative awards for innovative programs to help keep teen drivers alive.
Your article pointed out the fact that most parents turn their cars over to young, inexperienced teen drivers without even laying down ground rules. This is almost as frightening as a parent giving a loaded gun to a 16-year old without any instruction or rules. Driving is the highest risk activity a 16-19 year old will ever have in their life. I believe that all parents should enter into a written Teen Driving Contract before turning the keys to their car to their teen driver.
We have developed our own teen driving contract modeled after Allstate Insurance Company’s program. Your listeners are welcome to go to our website and download my Microsoft Word Teen Driving Contract and use it and modify it to their own particular needs and liking.
They can go to this link:
http://www.cityoflakeway.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1396 and download the contract.
Thanks again, for your work in helping protect teen drivers and in making parents more cognizant of these issues.
Judge Kevin R. Madison
Since this is in a Microsoft Word document, you can change it as you see fit. I sort of like it as-is, but use it as you wish, and PLEASE forward this edition of the newsletter to everyone you know who has a teen driver, or any groups in your school system who might be able to use it.
I believe this will save lives. As a parent who has lost a child, I know better than most that anything you can do to prevent a death is invaluable.