Today The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility announced its support for the goals of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The week is observed the third week of October each year, and will be held October 18 to 24, 2009. It is a time in which intensive programming is used to educate teens on the risks associated with driving and encourage them to drive more safely.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008 there were 6,428 fatalities in traffic crashes involving 15-20 year old drivers, including 1,032 (or 16%) alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. Alcohol is just one of the many factors that contribute to fatal traffic crashes. In fact, distracted driving is major contributor to car crashes, especially among young drivers. Drivers under 20 years of age represent the largest proportion of distracted drivers on the road and 16% of all fatal crashes involving these young drivers were reported to have been driving while distracted according NHTSA.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility encourages all parents to talk to the teens in their lives about safe driving. Please visit our website to learn more: www.responsibility.org/other/initiatives/teendrivers and distribute our Teen Driver Safety Week E-Card in your community: www.responsibility.org/ecards/teen-safety.