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State Rep. Steve Smyk October 22, 2018 Safer Teen Driving -- 30 prizes, 30 days -- Honoring Firefighters

Date: October 22, 2018

 

Emphasize Safe Driving Habits During National Teen Driver Safety Week 
  This is National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21-27, 2018) and Safe Kids Delaware is urging teens and their families to discuss smart strategies for staying safe behind the wheel. 
  A former traffic safety official, State Rep. Steve Smyk noted motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens.     Most often, crashes involving teenage drivers are the result of inexperience, taking risks (like not buckling-up), texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, and driving under the influence.
  Safe Kids Delaware recommends the following top driving safety tips for teen drivers:


Make a formal agreement with your teen and enforce it.   A 2016 research report by Safe Kids Worldwide showed that formal parent-teen agreements regarding driving restrictions help reduce risky driving, traffic violations, and crashes.  Download an agreement by clicking here. 

Let your actions speak as loud as your words. Set a good example when kids and teens are in the car. 

Ensure your new teen driver gets at least 50 hours of experience under a variety of driving conditions. Having more experience behind the wheel helps new drivers manage driving in the dark and driving with other teen passengers in the car -- situations that can increase the likelihood of crashes for young drivers. 

Take action against distraction. Teach teen drivers to put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until their final destination. 

Reinforce with teen drivers that they need to be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly. 

NEWS: Emphasize Safe Driving Habits During National Teen Driver Safety Week 
  This is National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21-27, 2018) and Safe Kids Delaware is urging teens and their families to discuss smart strategies for staying safe behind the wheel. 
  A former traffic safety official, State Rep. Steve Smyk noted motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens.     Most often, crashes involving teenage drivers are the result of inexperience, taking risks (like not buckling-up), texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, and driving under the influence.

onal Teen Driver Safety Week 

This is National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21-27, 2018) and Safe Kids Delaware is urging teens and their families to discuss smart strategies for staying safe behind the wheel. 

A former traffic safety official, State Rep. Steve Smyk noted motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens.  
Most often, crashes involving teenage drivers are the result of inexperience, taking risks (like not buckling-up), texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, and driving under the influence.

Safe Kids Delaware recommends the following top driving safety tips for teen drivers:


Make a formal agreement with your teen and enforce it.   A 2016 research report by Safe Kids Worldwide showed that formal parent-teen agreements regarding driving restrictions help reduce risky driving, traffic violations, and crashes.  Download an agreement by clicking here. 

Let your actions speak as loud as your words. Set a good example when kids and teens are in the car. 

Ensure your new teen driver gets at least 50 hours of experience under a variety of driving conditions. Having more experience behind the wheel helps new drivers manage driving in the dark and driving with other teen passengers in the car -- situations that can increase the likelihood of crashes for young drivers. 

Take action against distraction. Teach teen drivers to put cell phones and other distractions in the back seat or out of sight until their final destination. 

Reinforce with teen drivers that they need to be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly. 

To learn more safety tips, click here.  

 
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PHOTO BRIEF:
Paying Homage to Those Protecting 
our Homes and Families
 
Firefighters from around the state gathered on Saturday morning to dedicate the new Delaware Firefighters' Memorial.
 
Located on the southeast corner of Legislative Mall, the memorial consists of a bronze casting of a firefighter, an obelisk, and several granite blocks on which the names of 57 Delaware firefighters killed while serving the state are inscribed.
 
In addition to their selfless life-saving work in our communities, State Rep. Steve Smyk said Delaware's volunteers firefighters also save state taxpayers tens-of-millions of dollars annually that would otherwise need to be spent to replace their service.