NHTSA begins 5 to Drive program

There's also a big safety push underway to get your older kids to be safe when they take the wheel. It's a new campaign from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration called 5 to Drive.

Its goal is to get parents to talk to their teens and insist on five safety points. The five safety points are, no cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol and always wear a seatbelt.

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of 14 to 18 year olds. The NHTSA says the best place for the safety message to reach teens is in their own homes.

"No teen with a drivers' license wants to end up at the back of the school bus because mom and dad took away the keys,” explains David Strickland a NHTSA Administrator. “That's a threat that does mean something when you're in high school. trust me, that does work."


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