The program – aimed at combating the driver inexperience that leads to the number one killer of teens, vehicle crashes – also includes Web-based training and educational materials. Nearly 3,000 teens, ages 15-19, are killed on American roads each year, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The number of motor vehicle fatalities among teens in California age 16 to 20 has decreased 56.5 percent, from 563 in 2006 to 245 in 2010. While these numbers were on the decline, officials worry that the increase in overall traffic fatalities in 2011 may eventually be seen in teen deaths.
“The Office of Traffic Safety recognizes the importance of continued safety messaging, as each year more teens receive both driving permits and licenses in California,” said Chris Murphy, Director of OTS.
In Los Angeles, the tour will offer safety assemblies at Fremont Magnet High School, Marquez High School, St. Mary’s Preparatory High School, Ribet Academy, Lou Dantzler Preparatory High School, St. Matthias High School and Narbonne High School as well as three days of hands-on driving experience at Hollywood Park on March 1-3, 2013.
Participants can register for this free, hands-on training event by visiting www.drivingskillsforlife.com.