It’s almost summer time. For many youth the summer months herald in the sweet taste of freedom from school, long weekend nights, and big events like prom and graduation. The increasingly nice weather will also result in the highways and roads being more congested with driving youth. That’s why this May, before the start of the busy summer season, the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) is hosting Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.
Road crashes are the number one cause of death for young people in our nation. In 2011, almost 2000 youth between the ages of 15 to 20 were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and the summer months are when the majority of crashes occur. NOYS has found that in the summer months, there may be as many as 42 young people killed in crashes every weekend.
This May and all summer long, help spread awareness and make the summer safe for our youth by sharing the following tips:
- Never drive when distracted. Put away your phone and save talking and texting for when you are parked.
- Buckle up. In the event of a crash, your seat belt may save your life.
- Choose the safest route to get from point A to point B. If you don’t feel comfortable driving on busy highways or through congested intersections, choose a different road.
- Never get in a vehicle with someone who you don’t feel safe with. If you feel the need to leave the vehicle, ask to get out and make the driver pull over.
- Don’t drink until age 21, and never get into a vehicle with someone you suspect has been drinking.