- Car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for Washington teens.
- Most of these crashes are caused by teen drivers who were speeding, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or distracted.
We work with government agencies, community groups, and insurance companies on programs to help teens become safer drivers.
Increase teen seat belt use
As part of our effort to increase and enforce seat belt use, we coordinate the school-based Click It and Ticket Teen Seat Belt Project.
Support Department of Licensing young driver programs
We work with the Department of Licensing, which offers:
Educate young drivers about risks from impaired driving
Washington has stiff penaltiesfor impaired driving by young drivers.
• A driver under 21 is considered impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just .02 percent.
• A driver under 18 found guilty of impaired driving — or any other drug or alcohol offense — faces a one-year
Help Stop Teen Drinking & Impaired Driving Grant Project
Organized by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and paid for in the public interest by State Farm Insurance Companies.
Inform young drivers about distracted driving laws
Washington’s cell phone and texting law prohibits texting and use of any type of cell phone with a learner’s permit or intermediate license. Organized by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and paid for in the public interest by State Farm Insurance Companies.
- Additional CDC Teen Driving Resources
- CDC blog: Three Words I Love to Hear from My 16 Year Old CDC National Teen
- CDC podcast: Keeping Kids Safe Behind the Wheel
- CDC’s Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet
- Driver Safety Week: MMWR Notice to Readers
- The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
- Video – No Texting While Driving Simulator Tour
Angie Ward – Program Manager