As National Teen Driver Safety Week gets underway, Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia State Police are encouraging teen drivers to practice safe driving.
"Every driver has a responsibility to be safe when they are getting on the road, including our newest drivers," said Governor Northam. "National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great opportunity to engrain safe driving habits that will stay with our teenagers for the rest of their lives."
As of Oct. 1, preliminary data in Virginia shows there have been 56 fatalities in accidents involving teen drivers. Of those fatalities, 28 people were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Among the most substantial dangers to teen drivers are alcohol intake, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers in the vehicle.
As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, VSP joins Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety
(YOVASO) in urging teens to make good choices as part of its statewide Halloween Safety Campaign. This week, schools and youth groups across the Commonwealth are participating in the peer-to-peer campaign in an effort to prevent tragedies on the road.
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