Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Young Driver Contest: 2021 Drive2Life PSA Contest: Help Prevent Drunk and Drugged Driving



Students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to create a 30-second public service announcement featuring a scenario showing teens how to avoid or prevent distracted driving. A total of five awards are offered, ranging in value from $500 to $1,000 each. Deadline: February 19th. 

Click here to see contest criteria and how to enter!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

GHSA Report: As Traffic Deaths Spike During COVID-19, New Report Examines Unsettling Trend of Teen Drivers Speeding – and Dying – on America's Roads


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January 26, 2021
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As Traffic Deaths Spike During COVID-19,
New Report Examines Unsettling Trend of Teen Drivers Speeding – and Dying – on America's Roads
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, today released a new report that examines the significant role speeding plays in teen driver fatalities and offers practical tools to help parents rein in this lethal driving habit. The new analysis for GHSA found that from 2015 to 2019, teen drivers and passengers (16-19 years of age) accounted for a greater proportion of speeding-related fatalities (43%) than all other age groups (30%). During this five-year period, 4,930 teen drivers and passengers died in speeding-related crashes.

The report, Teens and Speeding: Breaking the Deadly Cycle, is the first look in recent years at the role speeding plays in teen driver deaths and incorporates recently released data that includes state-by-state statistics. It sheds new light on what we know about speeding-related fatal crashes involving teens – the driver is more likely to be male, have run off the road or rolled the vehicle, and be unbuckled. The data analysis was conducted by Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Consulting.

While the report includes data through 2019, the new analysis of teen driving deaths is timely as overall traffic crashes have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic and speeding on less-crowded than normal roadways is cited by states as a major factor in the surge in motor vehicle deaths. Parents may also have less time to spend training their teen drivers given other priorities during the pandemic. 

The GHSA report also notes the risk of a teen driver being involved in a speeding-related fatal crash rises exponentially with each additional passenger in the vehicle. This is a worrying situation as more teens eager to see their friends may drive around together as COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available. These dangerous conditions were unfortunately demonstrated earlier this month, when seven Michigan teens between the ages of 17 and 19 were hospitalized when the teen driver left the roadway and rolled the vehicle. Speed was a factor and the crash happened late at night.

“Our country has a speeding problem that has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “Thousands of people die needlessly on our roads because some drivers mistakenly think less traffic means they can speed and nothing bad will happen. The data tell us that teen drivers are the most likely to be tempted to speed, so the need to address this issue is more critical than ever given traffic death trends during the pandemic.” 

The GHSA report identifies real-world, practical tools along with technology that parents can leverage to help rein in speeding teens, as well as re-evaluate their own driving behaviors. The latter is critical since speeding is typically passed down from parent to child. Surprisingly, one technology solution is a teen’s cell phone, which parents can use to track speeding, hard braking and other actions via apps. In-vehicle technology, particularly systems that allow parents to limit a vehicle’s top speed, can also help. Other tools discussed in the report include driver education and training, speed enforcement, graduated driver licensing laws, parent-teen orientation sessions and driving agreements, and peer-to-peer programming. All provide opportunities to address teen speeding.

For nearly 20 years, GHSA and Ford Motor Company Fund have worked together to address teen driver safety through the award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program. A signature program of the Ford Fund, Ford Driving Skills for Life has invested more than $60 million to provide free, advanced driver education to more than 1.25 million newly licensed drivers in all 50 U.S. states and 46 countries worldwide since 2003.

“Speed management continues to be a key component of our training and this report reaffirms its importance,” said Jim Graham, Ford Motor Company Fund Manager. “Teens don’t see speeding as a serious problem and parents likely don’t recognize how rampant it is for novice drivers, so teaching them about the impact is critical.”  

On Thursday, Feb. 4, GHSA will host a webinar that takes a closer look at the troubling and persistent problem of speeding teens. GHSA Senior Director of External Engagement and nationally recognized teen safe driving expert Pam Shadel Fischer will share the report findings and discuss key recommendations with a panel of teen safe driving advocates.

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About GHSA
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Visit for more information or find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

About Ford Motor Company Fund
As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund's mission is to strengthen communities and help make people's lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 50 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit or join us at @FordFund on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
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Virtual Conference: National Youth Leadership Council 2021 National Service-Learning Conference


Connect with youth and adult leaders from around the world!

The National Youth Leadership Council is honored to host the 2021 National Service-Learning Conference, now in its 32nd year. This conference is more than workshops and keynote addresses; it is an  extension of the classroom, allowing for the youth and adult attendees to be part of a national movement. Throughout the conference, youth plan programming, emcee plenary sessions, inspire attendees through keynote addresses, and lead workshops for youth and adult peers from around the world.  Youth are given the opportunity to create something so spectacular that it changes how adults perceive all young people — as solutions to real problems.

Click here to view conference details, schedule & register!

Monday, January 25, 2021

SADD Quick Click Community Partner/Youth Challenge

SADD Quick Click Community Partner/Youth ChallengeBegins in February. Colorado SADD is challenging its partners across the state to participate in the SADD Quick Click Challenge. This is a high energy race to see how quickly they can enter a vehicle buckle up, then repeat this through all four positions in the car! Partners may submit a SOLO entry (one person buckling into all 4 seats); DUO entry (two people, all four seats); and a FOUR-PERSON entry (4 participants, all four seats). 

Incentives will be given to participating partners! Challenges among agencies (neighboring police stations/fire stations, EMS crews, teachers/schools/districts...) are encouraged. Competing teams should also challenge youth! 

Virtual Event: Teens in the Driver Seat Virtual Summit - Call for Presenters


The Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) Summit is going virtual in 2021!  Teens from Junior Highs and High Schools, teachers, and safety professionals gather to celebrate, learn, and get excited about being champions of safe teen drivers and passengers. The TDS Summit will provide attendees opportunities to collaborate and build alliances to help make your TDS program successful and your activities meaningful with workshops focused on the skills, knowledge and tools you need to become effective peer leaders in teen traffic safety.

The TDS Summit will kick-off Youth Traffic Safety Month with a live event on May 1, 2021 with motivating speakers and the 2021 TDS All-Stars Awards.  Then, throughout the month of May, TDS will be offering more webinars for teens, teachers, and traffic safety professionals.


TDS is seeking speakers to present during the 2021 Virtual Summit! This is an opportunity to reach middle school and high school teens, teachers, partners, and safety professionals. Interactive presentations will perform best with this audience, so please plan activities and exercises within your video.

  • Interested speakers are required to submit a 10 – 20 minute recorded video presentation and any handouts they would like to include by March 26, 2021
  • Submissions should be in their final format
  • If selected, presenters will be notified along with the date and time their video will be shown (May, 2021) and presenters will be invited to be online during their webinar
  • Features available to the presenter during the webinar include: chat with the audience, random giveaway (presenter should provide the giveaway), and handout links (provided previously)
  • The webinar will be available for viewing after the Summit has concluded
  • TDS will provide presenters their attendee numbers and webinar feedback

The below topics targeted towards Junior High or High School students will be considered:

  • Distracted Driving, Driving at Night, Speeding, Seat Belt Use, or Impaired driving for teen drivers
  • Seat Belts or Passenger Safety for Junior High teens
  • Pedestrian and Bike Safety
  • Taking your organization from peer-driven to peer-led
  • Adjusting your club/organization for a more virtual world
  • Leadership skills
  • Health in Traffic Safety
  • Effectively changing risky teen driving/passenger behaviors
  • Gathering and Using Data to guide your organization
  • Building rapport with teens
  • How teens can engage others about unsafe driving habits
  • Recent teen traffic trends

Presentations that include promotions of an app, business or for-profit organizations will not be considered.

A YouTube link or uploaded video may be submitted. Submitted videos must be in an MP4 format and no larger than 5 gigabytes and may be uploaded with form. Once you are ready to submit your video and handouts, click here

New Study from the CDC: One in Four People who Binge Drink Report Other Substance Use


A new CDC study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that binge drinking is strongly associated with use of other substances, as well as prescription drug misuse while drinking alcohol.

The study analyzed the 2016–2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data on alcohol and other substance use among US adolescents and adults age 12 years and older, and found that:

  • Almost one in four people who binge drank also reported using other substances in the past month, including marijuana, heroin, stimulants, hallucinogens, or misuse of prescription drugs such as pain relievers (primarily opioids), tranquilizers, or sedatives.
  • People who binge drank were twice as likely to use other substances as non-binge drinkers and four times as likely as non-drinkers.
  • More than half of the nearly 30 million people who reported substance use in the past month also binge drank. Use of multiple substances was relatively common; among people who reported past-month substance use, 22% of people who binge drank reported using two other substances.
  • Among people who binge drank, other substance use was most common among males, young people aged 12–17, non-Hispanic black people, people with an annual household income of less than $20,000, and people living in large metropolitan counties.
  • Among people reporting past-month alcohol use and prescription drug misuse, people who binge drank were twice as likely to report prescription pain reliever misuse while drinking alcohol, or within a couple of hours of drinking, compared with people who did not binge drink.

The use of alcohol and other substances increases the risk of overdose, particularly when certain prescription drugs are misused while drinking alcohol. A comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, substance use, overdoses, and other drug-related harms can include effective population-level strategies to reduce the availability and affordability of alcohol (e.g., increasing alcohol taxes, regulating the number and concentration of places that sell alcohol in communities) and other substance use prevention strategies.

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