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June 2012

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The Deadliest Driving Season for Teens

With annual events like proms and graduation parties, and, of course, the start of summer vacation, teens are more likely to be on the road this time of year; but parents beware, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.

According to AAA, an average of 399 teens died in traffic crashes during each of the summer months (May-August), compared to a monthly average of 346 teen deaths during non-summer months. The seven most dangerous days on the road for teens during summer are May 20, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, August 8 and August 14.

To keep teens safe during these dangerous months and year-round, AAA suggests the following tips for parents:

  • Eliminate trips without purpose. 
  • Limit passengers. Fatal crash rates for 16- to 19-year-olds increase fivefold when two or more teen passengers are present versus when teens drive alone.
  • Restrict night driving. A teen driver’s chances of being involved in a deadly crash doubles at night.
  • Establish a parent-teen driving agreement. Written agreements help set and enforce clear rules about night driving, passengers, access to the car and more.
  • Enroll teens in summer driving school. 
  • Be there. Make sure your teen knows that if they need help, advice or a ride, they can call you at any time. Extend this offer often and let your teen know that you are always available should they need your help.

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 WLMlogo_final.png  Featured Walk Like MADD event
On Sunday, May 6th, more than 600 participants gathered in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL for their third annual Walk Like MADD.  Sponsored by Maroone and presented by Ultimate Software, the 5K walk and dash raised more than $84,000, surpassing their original goal by more than $15,000!

A Word from MADD's National President

Jan-Withers_083.jpgAs parents, it is our job to give our kids the tools they need to grow up to be safe and responsible adults, and sometimes that means letting them take certain risks so that they can learn consequences.  But when it comes to driving, it is important to emphasize to your teen driver how dangerous it can be on the roads.  Teens often feel invincible, and that bad things will not happen to them, but I know first-hand that they do.  Safe and assertive driving is not something to be taken lightly.  Use the tips provided above, set ground rules, and talk with your teens often about how to be a safe and responsible driver.
There is still much more to be done and we can’t achieve our goals without you.
Teens, Take the Pledge
Teens can take the online pledge to not drink alcohol until the age of 21 and never get in the car with someone who has been drinking.

Whether you’re interested in volunteering a couple times a year or a couple times a week, there’s a place for you at MADD. We have a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and expertise.

 Join a Walk
The 2012 Walk Like MADD season is off to a great start! Find the Walk Like MADD event near you and register today.
MADD has helped save 27,000 young lives through passage of groundbreaking public health laws.
Michael Haynes
 Montana Trooper Michael Haynes was on duty when a drunk driver traveling in the wrong lane crashed head on into his patrol car. Michael died from his injuries, leaving behind his wife, Tawny, and two young children.
Is SADD a part of MADD?
SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. Although we have similar names, SADD is not part of MADD. 
Underage drinking prevention is a core compotenet of MADD. Learn more about our our Power of Parents and  Power of You(th) programs

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