From the desk of Driver’s Education and Officer Stevenson

“There were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.” This, a startling statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driving organization behind National Teen Driver Safety Week.

  • May teens probably think this will never happen to them or friends, but 99,000 students were also injured in motor vehicle crashes last year, which is why the NHTSA encourages schools to participate in seat belt checks during this important week.

Dover High School supported the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, National Teen Safe Driving Week October 15 through the 21. DHS driver education teacher Shawn Plews and school resource officer Demetrius Stevenson conducted seat belt checks Oct 18th and 19th to promote safe driving.

“I would say that 98% percent of Dover High students, parents, and staff had a seatbelt on,” shared Mr. Shock, Driver’s Ed Instructor.

With, motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to the NHTSA, this small reminder over two days may save a life.

Driver’s Ed and Officer Stevenson plan to continue with this as a yearly event. For more information on this important week, visit the National Teen Driver Safety Week webpage.