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|CONTACT:||Buel C. Young||MVA Media Relations|
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to Observe National Teen Driver Safety Week
It Takes Two theme Encourages Communications, Education
GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 21, 2013) - During National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, 2013, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is reminding young drivers and their parents of the importance of preparation, caution and commitment in the development of safe and responsible driving habits. The theme of this year’s campaign is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.”
It is important for parents to remember that they play a critical role in preparing teens for the challenges they will face on the road and the responsibility of being a licensed driver. According to the National Safety Council, young drivers are more likely than anyone else to be injured or killed in a vehicle crash. Crash rates are highest during a teen’s first few months behind the wheel. The leading contributing factors cited in police reports in young driver crashes include: failing to yield the right of way, driving too fast for conditions, following too closely and not paying attention (i.e. distracted driving).
“While the implementation of Maryland’s Rookie Driver: Graduated Licensing System has made great progress towards creating safer roads for teen drivers since its inception in1999, there is still more we can do,” said MVA Administrator John Kuo. “This year, we are offering new drivers a way to test themselves on important highway safety questions in the hope that they will incorporate them into their daily driving.”
To engage the teen population, the MVA is posting actual questions from the MVA knowledge test on its Facebook page and Twitter feed. For example:
Any use of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle is considered a distraction because:
- It causes the driver to be concerned about the cost of the call.
- It occupies the driver’s hands, eyes, and mind.
- It draws the attention of other drivers as it is an illegal activity.
The correct answer is B.
In addition, the MVA is distributing teen driver safety tip cards in all the branch offices during National Teen Driver Safety Week, the tip cards outline guidelines that parents can use to help their teens be safer drivers:
- Avoid distractions that will take your attention from the road.
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Obey posted speed limits.
- Always wear your seat belt and insist that others do, too.
- Never drink and drive.
- Never use a hand held cell phone or text while driving.
- Lead by example and teach your teen about courteous, responsible driving.
Log onto the MVA’s website to try the driving knowledge test at mva.maryland.gov, on the MVA’s facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maryland-Motor-Vehicle-Administration/177207108627 or on the MVA Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/MD_MVA. Teen Driver Safety Week is another statewide campaign the Maryland Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies are working together Toward Zero Deaths, to drive down the number of fatalities on Maryland’s roadways to zero.