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 Prevention, motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death among U.S. teenagers, and distracted driving as a whole is on the rise.  Teen drivers are especially at risk, since they are four times more likely than older drivers to have an accident.

With support from Ford Motor Company and Community Fund and The Allstate Founation the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital is working with seventeen schools in ten counties for the BITZ Campaign this year.

The students, with the help of Children’s Hospital, are now charged with developing and executing multi-faceted, anti-texting-while-driving campaigns at their schools and in their communities.