State launches program to help parents keep teen drivers safe

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:03 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

The Washington State Department of Licensing has partnered with the Safe Roads Alliance and State Farm Insurance to launch a new program that provides parents and guardians with a simple, easy-to-follow plan designed to help teens develop safe driving habits.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guide is packed with information and lessons about driving basics, parental pointers and licensing qualifications that are helpful to parents of new drivers.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in Washington. Between 2009 and 2013, 179 teens ages 15-19 died in car crashes. Of those teen deaths, 102 were drivers and the rest were passengers. The death rate for passengers and drivers in cars is 10 times greater for teens (ages 15-19) than younger children (5.1 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 0.5 deaths per 100,000 people, respectively). Read more

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