WASHINGTON (May 21, 2018) – The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday that it is collaborating with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and Ford Driving Skills for Life to hold an interactive Global Youth Traffic Safety Month Summit on May 22, 2018.
More than 100 teens from Delaware high schools will participate in the one-day event being held in Woodside, Delaware. Ford Driving Skills for Life will provide teens with the opportunity to participate in an interactive in-vehicle defensive driving course. Similar initiatives are being held by safety organizations across the country to inform teens about safe driving practices and empower them to take critical safety messages back to their peers.
“Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers,” said NTSB Deputy Managing Director Sharon Bryson. “This is a fantastic opportunity to educate youth about the danger they will face on the roads and to change the culture of driving safety, which begins with our youth.”
Jana Simpler, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, said, “This is an ideal opportunity to reinforce traffic safety messages shared in the driver’s education classroom and allow these teens to experience some interactive tools to help reinforce these messages. ‘Choices Matter’ is the mantra we repeat over and over to our young drivers and this event will encourage them to keep making choices that will keep them safe.”
Speakers at the event will include NTSB safety advocates, Delaware police officers, victims of families, and youth activists. Delaware law enforcement will also be on hand to offer perspectives on teen driving safety. In addition, the Delaware Department of Education will be announcing scholarship award winners following a video contest this spring designed to share information with teens on how to react during a traffic stop.
The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Polytech Adult Education Conference Center, located at 823 Walnut Shade Rd, Woodside, Delaware.