Online GDL Parent Orientation Program:

In 2004 officials created the GDL Parent Orientation Program to educate parents of teen drivers about their responsibilities under the law. OHS has now made the program available online for all parents and sponsors.

Over 13 years ago, on July 1, 1999, a new law with the goal of saving young lives on our roadways went into effect. Now a recent evaluation of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law's impact shows that a decade later...crash rates for 16 year old drivers have declined by more than 30%!

GDL laws give teenagers more behind the wheel practice after they have finished driver education classes, by requiring them to be supervised by a parent or other responsible adult for the first year or longer depending on a state’s law. GDL systems set up additional restrictions on night time driving, distractions, and the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle with the new teen driver during this time.

In 1998, the year before GDL was implemented, 16-year old drivers alone were involved in 1,001 motor vehicle crashes in our state. 10 years later, 16-year old drivers were involved in 415 motor vehicle crashes, fewer than 50% the number from a decade earlier.

DMV Teen Driving Task Force:

OHS participates in a statewide Teen Driver Task Force lead by DMV. Two recently announced Task Force initiatives are the launch of a teen driver website at http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/driver_services/teen/index.shtml for teens and parents alike, and starting on July 1, 2009 the availability of bright yellow, reflective Novice Driver car magnets for parents to use when teens are behind the wheel.

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW):
Teen Driver Safety Week October 18th – 24th

Congress passed a resolution establishing every third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week. National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) raises awareness about the tragedy of teen vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for young people in the U.S.

The Office of Highway Safety joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign to give parents the tools they need to keep their teen drivers safe. The “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers. The idea behind the campaign is to give parents the words to use when they talk with their teens about the rules of the road. NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov/parents, has detailed information and statistics about the five rules designed to help save the lives of teen drivers. The “5 to Drive” rules for parents to share with their teens are:

  1. No Drinking and Driving - almost one out of five (19 percent) of the young drivers (15 to 19 years old) involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, even though they were too young to legally buy or possess alcohol.
  2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back. – 64 percent of all the young (13- to 19-year-old) passengers of teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 weren’t restrained.
  3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All. - The age group of 15 to 19 years old has the highest percentage of drivers who were distracted by cell phone use and involved in a fatal crash. In 2013, 318 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver.
  4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You - In 2013, almost one-third (29 percent) of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding.
  5. No More Than One Passenger at a Time. - The risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger.

Crossing The Line:

The Delaware Teen Driver Task Force released a video titled “Crossing the Line”. The video tells the story of a 2012 fatal crash involving 17 year-old Andre Smith who was a passenger in a speeding vehicle driven by 19 year old driver Mar’Kese Marshall-Horsey. Andre Smith was killed in the crash on April 12, 2012 on Route 896 in Middletown. Crossing the Line” documents the consequences that many have suffered as a result of this tragic crash and will also become part of the revised Driver’s Education curriculum to be distributed to all drivers’ education teachers in the State of Delaware.

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