Secretary Foxx to Speak at National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit
NOYS is delighted to announce that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx will speak at our Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit on Monday, October 20.
It is not too late to register to attend. If you are unable to join us in person, you may tune in to the live stream here. The summit will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and you can view the full agenda here.
Live Broadcast of Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit
We hope you are planning to join us for the National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit on Monday, October 20 in Washington, DC!
Teen leaders from
nearly 20 states will gather to learn how to engage their peers,
parents, and policymakers in education about distracted driving among
teens. Led by teen mentors who have successfully planned summits at the
state level, the event is created by and hosted for inspired youth
looking to be a catalyst for change. The summit is supported by the
nation's leading experts in the field of traffic safety.
It is not too late to register to attend. If you are unable to attend in person, you may view the live stream here.
The summit will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Oct 20.
Spotlight on Youth Leadership Team from Missouri
Youth Leadership Teams and nine Peer Mentors are currently planning the 2014 National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit. Summit participants learn how to engage their peers, parents, and policymakers around the dangers of distracted driving.
We are in the process of featuring the 2014 Youth Leadership Teams and their mentors. The twelfth team we are highlighting is from Palmyra, Missouri. You can learn more about the Summit and get to know all the teams here.
Team Number Twelve:
Abigail Olson & Kelsey Vail
Palmyra High School
Abigail and Kelsey were participants of their
school's Arrive Alive campaign, which significantly raised their
school's seat belt usage rates. They have also led service projects to
fight childhood hunger, bullying, dating violence, and poor self-esteem
among girls. Abigail and Kelsey became interested in leading the charge
against distracted driving after learning that Missouri ranked 11th in
highest death rates for teen driving accidents. They plan to not only
host a local Summit but also build an ongoing program to combat
preventable teen traffic deaths.
If you are interested in learning more about the work of Abigail and Kelsey in Missouri, contact NOYS.
Mentored by: Skylar Yoder
Booker T. Washington High School senior
Skylar is a senior at Booker T. Washington High School.
She is a leader with the Student Council and the Key Club, and she is
on the girls' tennis team. She loves learning new languages and has a
goal to travel to every continent by the time she is 25. Skylar is
involved with Generation tXt and wants to see her state adopt a ban on texting while driving.
Check out all of our 2014-2015 Peer Mentors here.
National Road Safety Foundation: Enter the Drive2Life PSA Contest!
The National Road Safety Foundation and Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children's publishing, education and media company, are looking for ideas from young people to help educate their peers about the risks of walking while using a mobile device.Entries are now open for the 6th annual Drive2Life PSA Contest, under the theme "Distracted Walking = Dangerous Walking."
The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an all expenses-paid trip to New York to work with an Emmy Award-winning TV director to turn his or her idea into a public service message that will be broadcast nationwide next May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Click here for more information.
Driver Distraction Research
The Journal of Adolescent Health has released a new report, "Driver Distraction: A Perennial but Preventable Public Health Threat to Adolescents."
Report on Effective Teen Seat Belt Programs
More than half of teen drivers killed in 2012 were not wearing seat belts. A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) and The Allstate Foundation highlights effective teen seat belt programs in 12 states and examines the important components of each program. Read the full report: Getting It To Click! Connecting Teens and Seat Belts.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month: 196 countries, billions of people, one goal - U.S. Dept of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation announces Global Youth Traffic Safety Month