Students at Powell High School in Knoxville watch as a classmate navigates a virtual driving course.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office Initiatives Educate Teens About Safe Driving Practices
NASHVILLE – In 2009, nearly 100 families buried a teenager following a crash on a Tennessee roadway. October 17-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Office are continuing their efforts to save lives by educating teens about safe driving decisions. TDOT and the GHSO are also asking all Tennesseans to step up and talk to teens about important issues like wearing a safety belt, avoiding distracted driving and underage drinking.
“Traffic crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens in America and it is up to all of us to work to reverse this trend,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “Our employees and partners are in schools every week talking to teens about safe driving practices and these efforts are working, but it takes the entire community – parents, teachers, neighbors, friends and teens themselves – to promote safe driving and stop teen driving deaths.”