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Well done. I have been running a young driver education programme locally for the past 2 years which is modelled on a similar programme I saw being run in Hamilton, Ontario called CHAT. Very similar messages and worth repeating a million times so that one life may be saved, maybe.. Aruni Sen MS FRCS FFAEM Consultant in Emergency Medicine Maelor Hospital; North East Wales NHS Trust Wrexham LL13 7TD, UK. Tel 01978 725555 / 725498 (secy) Fax 01978 725168 Mobile 07931 542759 ; Pager 07625 618656 Email : email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: Gary Direnfeld [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:33 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Article attached and in the body of this email... With teen driver car crashes as the leading cause of permanent injury and death in teens and with summer having the highest frequency of teen car crashes, we would appreciate if you would post the following article on your websites and distribute it to your contacts. _______________________________ Prepare Teens for Summer Driving More people will die in a car crash in the summertime than in any other season. (See table 23 - http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2000.pdf ) In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1999 statistics, teen car crashes accounted for a whopping 76% of all teen deaths caused by unintentional injuries (teens ages 16 - 20). Further, of all causes of death combined, teen car crashes account for a full 41% whereas homicide the second leading cause of death accounts for 18% of teen mortality. http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html Parents of teen drivers are encouraged to discuss driving behavior with their son or daughter by addressing these four myths: Myth: It is safer to drive during the night when there is less traffic. Truth: More teen drivers die in car crashes between 1:00 am and 5:00 am than any other time of day. Recommendation: Parents should restrict late night driving and opt to act as chauffeur. Better to pick your teen up at a dance than at the hospital or morgue. Myth: Teens are safer with more passengers in the car to help watch traffic. Truth: The more teen passengers in the car the greater the likelihood of a crash. Teens tend to turn up the music and carry on more boisterously with other teens in the car, causing serious driver distraction. Recommendation: Parents should limit the number of teen passengers allowed to travel in the vehicle with a teen driver and the number of passengers must never exceed the number of working seat belts. Myth: Alcohol is the leading cause of teen driver related car crashes. Truth: Speeding is the number one cause of teen driver car crashes. Recommendation: Parents should caution their teens against speeding and while teens like to see how fast they can go, parents should make sure the brakes are in good mechanical order. Myth: Parent-youth safe driving contracts don't work. Truth: Safe driving contracts encourage communication between parent and youth so parents can relate clear expectations to teens. Parents that use comprehensive contracts tend to place greater restrictions on their teen driver resulting in safer road use. Recommendation: Look for and use the most comprehensive parent-youth safe driving contract available and go through it with your teen. Parents are encouraged to review the I Promise Program website - www.ipromiseprogram.com for such a contract. This program combines a multi-item safe driving contract with a rear window decal that encourages reports on driver behavior as a means of accountability. Don't worry; the reports only go back to the family. This program has been developed with youth, parents, community members, police and other organizations. Finally, all parents must remember, safe teen driving starts with you. Be a good role model of responsible driving behavior and this will increase the odds that your teen will be a good driver too. Gary Direnfeld, MSW, Executive Director I Promise Program 20 Suter Crescent, Dundas, Ontario, Canada L9H 6R5 (905) 628-4847 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipromiseprogram.com << File: Prepare teens for safe summer driving.doc >>