With so much current emphasis being placed on the dangers of teen-age drinking and driving, most teens and parents are surprise to learn that crashes involving drugs or alcohol account for only about 30% of all teen automobile related fatalities.
JourneySafe believes itís time we paid more attention to the primary cause Ö young driver distraction and error due to inexperience Ė which is most often associated with multiple passengers. More often than not itís the teen passenger who faces the highest risk. For this reason JourneySafe stresses the importance of teen passenger safety in conjunction with teen driver safety. We believe an educated teen passenger plays a critical role in helping reduce distractions and encouraging the teen driver to stay focused Ö first and foremost on their job as the driver.
Changing laws to further restrict teen driving privileges will be ineffective in the future, unless we can change attitudes among teen drivers. Teens care about each other, they identify most intensely with their peers and are more likely to listen to suggestions from their friends than advice from parents or teachers. Concerned and responsible teens should be aware of the risks they face as new drivers and as passengers riding with young drivers. They should accept and respect the JourneySafe pledge as a critical part of growing up, and be role models for their peers, modeling safe, healthy behaviors on and off the road, and practicing positive peer pressure to prevent at-risk situations.
Educating, encouraging and trusting teens to take a primary role in their own driver and passenger safety will save lives and reduce the number of teen automobile crash fatalities. Becoming more aware of the unique risks we face as new drivers, we believe that most teens will choose to make safer decisions behind the wheel and in the passenger seat(s) while riding with friends.
Parent involvement is critical. We encourage parents to set good examples, make careful choices about their teenís driver education programs and be more aware of the situations in which teens are driving or riding with friends. JourneySafe is a family concept. Teens should be able to rely on their parents to help them avoid situations that may place them (or others) at risk.
Make the commitment to protect yourself, your friends, and others on the highways and in the hallways of life.
Print, sign, and carry the JourneySafe promise card.
The Gillian Sabet Memorial Foundation Inc.
31852 Coast Hwy, Suite 105
Laguna Beach, CA 92651