Five to Drive: New campaign hopes to keep young drivers safe

Five to Drive: New campaign hopes to keep young drivers safe
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As part of National Teen Driving Safety Week, TxDOT's Five to Drive campaign wants to spark a conversation between parents and children about these five rules to follow.

TxDOT officials say motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens from the ages of 15 to 18.

"Buckling up, only having one passenger, not speeding, not drinking and driving, and the one that's most prevalent these days is no cellphone," said Amarillo's TxDOT Spokesperson Sonja Gross.

As teens head out to events like Friday night football games, they say safety needs to be a top priority.

"So if they've taken that pledge, the Five to Drive commitment with their parents," said Gross. "We're going to see a lot more people coming through the upcoming holiday season and the football season as well, alive and healthy and ready for their bright futures."

New information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Texas teen driving deaths have dropped 27 percent over the last decade.

"We know the percentages of teen drivers that have parents involved that it helps teen drivers as far as accidents and stuff," said Local State Farm Agent Russell Glaze. "It's one of the programs we do."

While Texas fatality rates have dropped, the insurance provider says recent crash numbers are beginning to rise.

Along with TxDOT, they believe a collaborative approach between young drivers and their loved ones will keep everyone safe as they head out on the street.

"Operating a motor vehicle is a huge responsibility, we're talking thousands of pounds, thousands of distractions," said Gross. "They need to do everything they can to prepare their children to be responsible drivers, especially the first time drivers out there."
   
Five to Drive gives parents resources to speak with their children about safe driving practices in a conversation that can potentially save their lives.

For more information about Five to Drive, you can contact TxDOT at (806) 356-3338.

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