National Teen Driver Safety Week


Last week was National Teen Driver Safety Week, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is taking steps to prevent teen motor vehicle accidents.  Children’s Hospital is partnering with area high schools to launch a unique, student-run campaign to combat texting while driving and other driver distractions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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2017-2018 BITZ Schools


BITZ School Divisions 2017-2018–Check back to see the progress of this year’s campaign. Good luck to all the schools involved! Division 1: Harpeth High School, Cheatham Fayetteville High School, Lincoln Hickman High School, Hickman Smith County High School, Smith Stewart County High School, Stewart Division 2: Harpeth Hall School, Davidson East Hickman High School, Hickman […]

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2016-2017 BITZ Campaign Winners


  The BITZ winning schools competed for prizes among different divisions based on school size. There was an optional PSA completion: •1st place – Brentwood High School •2nd place – Hunter’s Lane High School •3rd place – Clarksville Academy The winning schools for the Best Campaign include: 1A/2A Division: •1st, Moore County High School •2nd, […]

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National Distracted Awareness Month


Any moment your eyes are off the road or your hands are off the wheel, you put yourself in a dangerous driving situation. Even sending what you believe to be a quick text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. This is similar to driving 100 yards — or […]

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Safe Winter Driving Tips


Winter driving can be hazardous and scary, especially in northern regions that get a lot of snow and ice. Additional preparations can help make a trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency. This sheet provides safety information to your residents to help prevent motor vehicle injuries due to winter storms. The three P’s […]

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Allstate Foundation Grant Strengthens Teen-Driver Safety Initiatives at MCJCHV


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will expand its teen motor vehicle safety program, “Be in the Zone – Turn off Your Phone” with the help of a $60,000 award from the Allstate Foundation. The program is spearheaded by the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program to increase awareness among teens about the dangers of […]

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How graduated driver licensing laws save teen lives


Over the past two decades, graduated driver licensing laws have saved thousands of lives by imposing temporary restrictions and requirements on young drivers in every state. Research shows that these laws have not only reduced motor vehicle crashes but have also helped decrease car insurance rates. Graduated driver licensing is a system for phasing in […]

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National Teen Driver Safety Week 2016


October 16 – 22, 2016 Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19- year olds in the United States. In fact, in 2014 there were 2,679 teen (15 to 19) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 123,000 teens were injured. Parents need to take the time […]

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The toll of reckless driving, a personal story


With 23 surgeries behind her, Brittany Leedham talks with teens about the costs of speeding and other driving dangers. November 29, 2008, started out like any other Saturday. My family and my boyfriend’s family had gone out to eat that night. Afterward, my family went home and I hung out at his family’s house and […]

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Distracted Driving Kills


Distracted driving kills teenagers. 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. The federal website for distracted driving shows that at any given daylight moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. That’s […]

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