OMV announces New Safe Driving Campaign to Prevent Teen Fatal and Injury Crashes
BATON ROUGE –Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson joined Louisiana OMV Commissioner Stephen Campbell to announce the implementation of an innovative new program designed to prevent motor vehicle crashes among teen drivers through education and awareness of teen driving restrictions. The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program will provide parents and guardians with a simple and easy to follow plan that will assist teens in becoming safe and responsible drivers.
The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program focuses on the role of the parent in the teen driver education process and encourages parents and teens to drive together in a variety of weather conditions, unfamiliar settings, city and heavy traffic routes, and also various times of day. According to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm study, teen drivers whose parents are highly involved in the teen driver education process were half as likely to get in a car crash, 71 percent less likely to drive intoxicated, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving, and twice as likely to wear seat belts.
This tool, provided by the OMV and made available through sponsorship funds committed by State Farm, will also outline the Graduated Driver’s License laws in Louisiana. Parents of teens seeking permits will receive this free guide comprised with information and lessons on driving basics, parental pointers, and licensing qualifications. Every year, nearly 69,000 Louisiana teens obtain learner’s permits, which require at least 50 hours (15 at night) of parental supervised driving. The program offers an enhanced supervised driving experience and even encourages parents and guardians to extend the supervised driving period beyond the state requirements. The program is also supplemented by the Road Ready mobile app developed to easily and accurately track the required hours of supervised driving time.
“Last year, 189 young drivers lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes across Louisiana”, said Colonel Edmonson. “One life lost is too many and our goal of putting an end to these largely preventable tragedies requires the participation of parents who model safe driving behavior and openly communicate with their teen on their expectations and potential consequences. This program is vital to protecting our young drivers.”
The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program is free and available to parents/guardians of teens on multiple platforms beginning with the printed curriculum that is distributed at Louisiana OMV licensing centers when the teen receives his or her learner’s permit. Parents and teens are also invited to connect with the program online, through social media, and on the Road Ready mobile app.
“Getting a driver’s license is such a special moment in a teen’s life, but it often causes increased anxiety for parents. Research tells us the single most important thing parents can do to help their teens stay safe on the road is to allow as much supervised practice behind the wheel as possible. Driving with a parent builds a new driver’s confidence and we hope this new resource will help parents and teens make the most of this time together,” said Ed Gold, State Farm Marketing Director.
For more information on the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, please visit: http://www.theparentssuperviseddrivingprogram.com/states/la.html