ROSKAM APPLAUDS CONGRESS FOR PASSING TEEN DRIVER SAFETY LEGISLATION
Legislation to Help Stem the Leading Cause of Death in Teenagers
Washington, Sep 5 - Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today commends Congress for passing his legislation to designate the third week of October as National Teen Driver Safety Week to increase the overall education and awareness of the practice of safe driving among our nation's youth. Roskam was an original cosponsor of H.Con.Res. 165.
"As a father of a newly licensed teenage driver, I'm very aware of the need for increased driving safety awareness and education," said Roskam. "It is vital that we illustrate the consequences of speeding, drinking and driving and not wearing a seatbelt. Many of these deaths are preventable through improved education and awareness and it is my hope that this resolution will increase both."
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in the United States. The fatality rate in the United States for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 years, based on miles driven, is four times the fatality rate for drivers between the ages of 25 and 69 years. The majority of teen driver crashes in the United States are due to driver error and speeding with 15 percent of the crashes are due to drunk driving and roughly two-thirds of the teenagers killed do not use seatbelts each year.