Car crashes are the number one killer of teens today, and teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at three times the rate of adult drivers. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2010 seven teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Despite these statistics, for many years teen traffic safety didn’t receive attention or funding equal to the challenge, perhaps because there wasn’t a “voice” for the issue on Capitol Hill.
SADD set about to change that, mobilizing teens to argue for more focus and resources from federal and state governments. In 2012, Congress passed a highway bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), that for the first time ever, included “teen traffic safety” as a specific national priority for highway safety dollars provided to each state annually.
In 2014, SADD released the National Progress Report examining how states responded to MAP-21 with its new priority of teen traffic safety. The Report consists of a state-by-state analysis of fatalities involving teen drivers and examines state Highway Safety Plans (HSPs) that states must submit annually to the federal government to learn how states are addressing this critically important issue.
You can download a copy of the report by clicking here.