Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group.
In 2012, more than 40,000 young Hoosier drivers (15-20) were involved in motor vehicle crashes. In Indiana, young drivers (15-20) represent 10 percent of all drivers, and 14 percent of those involved in collisions.
High-risk behavior, cellphone use, peer pressure, inexperience, limited use or no use of occupant safety devices, are a few of the problems our youths face while driving on Indiana roadways.
At Washington Township High School, our SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) works hard to educate our young drivers to stay safe behind the wheel. As this holiday season hits its zenith, we hope all of the young drivers in Porter County drive safe for the sake of their future as well as the future of everyone else on our roads.
- Greg Simms, Washington Twp. SADD