While alcohol may affect drivers’ behavior, we all know that other distractions can also have devastating results. Gearing up for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct 17-23), we encourage parents and educators to talk to teen drivers about dangerous distracting behaviors behind the wheel.

Why focus on teens? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009 there were 5,623 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes involving 15-20 year old drivers, including 1,274 (or 23%) involving alcohol and 988 (or 18%) drunk driving fatalities.

Furthermore, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 are the highest proportion of distracted drivers on our roadways. 619 (or 16%) drivers under the age of 20 involved in a fatal crash were reported to have been distracted while driving, including 138 drivers with cell phones.

We can all do our part to keep our teens safe. If you are a motor vehicle administrator or a professional driver’s ed instructor, we invite you to download our free Distracted Driving poster and display it in your place of business as a reminder to teens to avoid being distracted while driving.

Also, we encourage everyone, including parents and educators, to share our Teen Driver Safety Week eCard ‘The Concentration Game’ with family and friends and visit our Teen Driver Safety initiative page. Let’s all help keep our teen drivers safe while on the road!

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility presents National Teen Driving Safety Week, visit www.responsibility.org!