• 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
license suspension.

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.
• State Farm Teen Alcohol Grant Application (pdf 2.52 MB)
• Find the required forms her


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.

Angie Ward – Program Manager

360.725.9888 award@wtsc.wa.gov

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