A scary fact this Halloween season: The number one cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States is motor vehicle incidents. Parents, please talk to your teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel.
Rules for teens to follow:
No distracted or drowsy driving
No cell phones
ALWAYS wear your seatbelt
North Dakota Statistics from Vision Zero:
Young driver inexperience, coupled with immaturity, often results in risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, alcohol use and not wearing a seat belt – all of which contribute to an increased death rate.
Nearly every 5 hours one teen driver crash occurred in ND in 2020.
Every 52 days one teen died in a crash in ND in 2020.
In North Dakota, teen drivers age 14-19 account for 5% of all licensed drivers but are behind the wheel in nearly 20% of all crashes.
Over the past 5 years in North Dakota, 34 teens have died in vehicle crashes.
At the NDSC, preventing injury and death is our daily work. Our Alive at 25 defensive highly interactive driving course is designed specifically for drivers under the age of 25. Alive at 25 is different than traditional driver’s ed because it focuses on behavior, judgment, decision making and consequences, and provides tools for making positive choices. Alive at 25 is offered throughout North Dakota and virtually.