Thousands Of Youth Across The Country Unite With Federal, Foundation And Corporate Leaders To Launch Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To kick off Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM), youth from across the country rallied today with National Organizations for Youth Safety® (NOYS), federal government leaders, global partners including the Nelson Mandela family, and corporate representatives to address road and traffic safety issues to help put an end to motor vehicle crashes – the leading cause of death for teens and to celebrate the efforts of leaders working with teens to address this national crisis.
- July 23 and July 30, 2011 (both Saturdays) tied for the deadliest days in 2011 for young people ages 15-20 on our nation's highways (25 motor vehicle deaths on each of those dates);
- In 2011, 60 percent of 15-20 year-old passenger vehicle occupants who died in motor vehicle crashes were NOT wearing a seatbelt;
- In 2011, for 21 percent of the fatalities in crashes involving a driver age 15 to 20, the young (age 15 to 20 years-old) driver had a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher;
- Over 1,200 people were killed in 2011 in crashes involving underage drinking and driving.
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