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Take a #TrafficSafeSelfie, make a pact to not text and drive and prevent crashes

Summer is the deadliest season for young drivers. But telling just one friend about Global Youth Traffic Safety Month could save a life and help change those statistics.

The attorneys at Michigan Auto Law are partnering with the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) to help prevent car accidents involving young drivers throughout the month of May.

Consider the teen car accident statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
  • Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes.
  • Teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population, despite the fact that they’re below the minimum drinking age in every state.

This month is a time to empower youth to develop and lead traffic safety education projects, support law enforcement and affect legislation to protect teen drivers.

So, what can teen drivers do to help spread the word?

  1. Promise not to text and drive: Make a pact with your parents and friends to not text and drive or drive distracted.
  2. Know the risks for teen drivers: Read about the top distractions for teen drivers here and avoid these dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
  3. Traffic Safety Selfie: NOYS is asking teen drivers to take a “traffic safety selfie” after they’ve arrived safely at their destinations by following the rules of the road, and Tweet it using #TrafficSafeSelfie. NOTE: DO NOT take a selfie while driving.
  4. Learn about teen driver safety: Follow Michigan Auto Law on Facebook and Twitter to receive facts about youth traffic safety throughout the month. Tell us about how you’re making an effort to be safe while driving.

We’re doing our part by having our attorneys speak about teen distracted driving in schools throughout Michigan, having our own certified inspector perform child safety seat evaluations and raising awareness through our Auto Lawyers Blog and on social media.

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