Nothing is scarier than seeing your child behind the wheel, especially around holidays. With Halloween steadily approaching, U.S. Rep Tim Bishop announced he would be taking part of the National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26.
This year’s theme is ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.’ The event is to remind teens that we lose almost 5,000 people in crashes every year involving teen drivers, according to research institute, Teen Driver Source.
Parents might think their teens are secure behind the wheel, but sometimes it’s not them they need to worry about. The NY Senate said statewide from 2000 to 2009 there have been 500,000 drinking while intoxicated arrests, with 76,500 of them on Long Island. The Senate did not explain out of the 76,500 arrests how many of those were underage teens.
"National Teen Driver Safety Week raises awareness on this important issue and provides teens and parents with guidance they need to establish safe driving habits and be responsible with the privilege of driving a vehicle," said Bishop in a press release. "Ultimately, it is up to each individual to put safety first and avoid unsafe driving behaviors such as texting behind the wheel or riding with too many friends as passengers."
Bishop said just wants to help raise awareness and encourages new drivers, parents and educators to review http://www.teendriversource.org to review safety tips before the holiday season begins.