Coalition Initiatives

The following initiatives can help teens become good drivers for life and help educate parents and guardians:

GDL Game Plan for Coaches

The 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 Pennsylvania GDL program works; offers suggestions for engaging athletes, parents and fans; outlines a sample code of conduct; and lists online resources.


The HEARTS Network

Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by a teen driving-related crash. The National Safety Council manages the HEARTS Network, a nationwide group of families and victims that have been directly affected by a crash involving a teen driver. The HEARTS Network – an acronym for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors – helps families and victims support one another during their journey to peace, and helps them enact and advocate for change. We encourage HEARTS Network families to join the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions, and we encourage any coalition member that has suffered a loss because of a crash involving a teen driver to consider joining the HEARTS Network.

We understand the importance of GDL laws, but sometimes putting a face on otherwise cold statistics makes teen safe driving issues resonate with the public. For that purpose, we have created a “Sharing HEARTS” section of the HEARTS Network webpage dedicated to profiles of those we have lost in teen-related crashes.

More information on the HEARTS Network can be found here .