Teen driver safety
Car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for teens in Washington. Most of these crashes are caused by teens who are distracted, speeding, or impaired by drugs or alcohol. However, parents and teens can do a lot to reduce the chances of being in a car crash.
Eyes off the road can change lives forever. New drivers with instruction permits or intermediate licenses can't use any wireless device — even hands-free — while operating a vehicle, unless they're reporting an emergency.
More on distracted driving
- Distracted driving can kill: Facts about distracted driving in Washington
- Distracted driving
- Safety on the road: Distracted driving
- Music video: It Can Wait
- Target Zero
- Washington Driver Guide: Laws, rules, and techniques for safe driving.
- Safe-Driving Agreement: Establishes safe-driving rules for parents and teens.
- For Parents: Partners for Safe Teen Driving
- Driver training programs: Tips for choosing a driver training program and finding scholarships.
- For Teens: Partners for Safe Teen Driving
- Getting a license—Teens: Steps for getting a license, and details about special rules for teen drivers
"Parents are the Key" campaign
Resources for parents or groups who want to play a role in teen driver safety (Centers for Disease Control)
- "Parents are the Key" website
- Free materials: Posters, factsheets, and flyers
- Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers videos
- Tips for businesses and community groups
- Pediatricians and Safe Teen Driving: Materials specifically designed for pediatricians, developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics