Teen Driver Safety Week


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, motor vehicle crashes remain the primary cause of death for adolescents; and

WHEREAS, approximately 62 Virginia teens are killed, and 7,248 teens are injured each year in car accidents; and

WHEREAS, most teen motor vehicle crashes are caused by inexperience and distracted driving; and

WHEREAS, involved, informed parents have long been considered the most influential factor in promoting safe teen driving; and

WHEREAS, Partners for Safe Teen Driving is a community health initiative that enables Virginia school divisions and communities to give parents the information and tools they need to help their teens become safer drivers; and

WHEREAS, October 19-25, 2014, is National Teen Driver Safety Week; and

WHEREAS, through increased education and awareness of safe driving practices, the Commonwealth of Virginia can reduce the number of teen motor vehicle accidents;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 19-25, 2014, as TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.