The following initiatives can help teens become good drivers for life and help educate parents and guardians:
Teen Crashes GTG is a program that helps student groups organize and implement traffic safety awareness activities at their schools. Students coordinate three or more simple safe driving activities – at least one of which involves parents – during a one-week period between January and May 2014. Student groups that successfully implement and report activities are eligible for a $200 incentive grant. A planning guide for implementing the Teen Crashing GTG program – as well as a registration form to get started – is available by clicking this link.
The Ticket Your Parent(s) program was designed by the Ohio Teen Safe Driving Coalition in partnership with the National Safety Council. Ticket Your Parent(s) is for teachers or organization leaders who closely work with pre-teens. Program facilitators give pre-teens a book of mock traffic tickets to issue to parents or other adult drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. After the program ends, pre-teens discuss what they learned while observing their parents' driving behaviors.
Register to host Ticket Your Parent(s)! All materials are free and available for download as soon as you register.
GDL Game Plan for Coaches is a vehicle for high school and recreational or travel league coaches to hold an open dialog with athletes about enforcing and adhering to GDL laws in their state. The 4-page document includes an overview of how and why the New York GDL program works; offers suggestions for engaging athletes, parents and fans; outlines a sample code of conduct; and lists online resources. Information for coaches, athletes and parents about the Coaches Game Plan – including sample text for a GDL Student-Athlete Code of Conduct – is available by clicking this link.
The HEARTS Network
Personal stories play an important role in affecting change. For that purpose, we have created a “Sharing HEARTS” section of the HEARTS Network webpage dedicated to telling the stories of those whose lives have changed forever because of teen-related crashes.
Visit the HEARTS Network webpage to learn more.