Today, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility was excited to join with many policy leaders in Washington, DC to hear about measures to address teen drivers and the dangers of texting and driving. The “Healthy America” policy briefing sponsored by Allstate and The Hill had leaders from both chambers of Congress, various Federal Agencies and national advocacy groups in one room to discuss distracted driving and other research on Graduated Drivers Licensing programs.

There are many distractions for experienced drivers and these are only multiplied for novice drivers who are still figuring out how to merge their vehicle onto the interstate. Driver education in the United States has come a long way in the past decade, but we need to make sure that our teenagers are getting the best from us. One way to help out is to be an excellent role model for our youth. When a teenager witnesses an adult driving and using their cell phone, they may think that it is ok for them to do the same thing. By leading by example, we can make sure our best habits are passed on to our youngest drivers.

Thanks again to Allstate and The Hill for putting together an excellent briefing. And a special thanks to Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representatives Tim Bishop and Randy Hulgren, and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. The leadership they provide at the national level will make a difference in our local communities.