May is National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and a perfect time to refocus efforts on keeping America’s youth safe on our roadways. Youth and organizations across the nation will host and participate in events and projects to increase awareness about youth traffic safety.
National Youth Traffic Safety Month addresses the number one cause of death for youth in our nation. Every year more than 5,000 youth die in traffic-related crashes. Many of these crashes are caused by avoidable behavior, and specific actions can be taken to be a safer driver and ensure passenger (and other motorists’ and pedestrians’) safety.
You may recall The Century Council’s efforts last October during National Teen Driver Safety Week, in which we produced an eCard designed to highlight some of the distractions teen drivers are approached with when they drive. Cell phone usage, eating, loud music and other similar distractions provide unnecessary interruptions to all drivers, but youth are especially affected by these annoyances due to their lack of experience behind the wheel.
We commend the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) on their hard work preparing for National Youth Traffic Safety Month! We encourage you to visit NOYS’s website and check out their toolkit to see how you can get involved. We can all play a part in helping to keep our roadways safe for all!