COLORADO SPRINGS — Parents who have teen drivers know how nerve-racking it can be when your child gets behind the wheel. Every time your teen grabs the car keys, you hope every day that all the hours of teaching and practice driving will pay off.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, fatal accidents involving teens have increased over the past five years. This Labor Day weekend, the agency is launching its "Keep Your License Safe" campaign aimed at teen drivers. The campaign was created to educate young adults about safety laws that specifically apply to them, known as Colorado's Graduated Driver's Licensing Laws.
"It is so important before you get your license to get that 50 hours of on-the-road experience in with a trusted adult in your vehicle," explained Sam Cole, Traffic and Safety Communications Manager for CDOT. "Getting that six hours of professional instruction that will really help reduce the risk of crashes, as well as getting parents on board with paying attention and enforcing those special rules aimed at teen drivers."
The campaign features funny and engaging social media videos encouraging teens to put their phones away when they get behind the wheel, avoid having passengers under 21 years old, and most importantly, always wear a seat belt.
To hold teens accountable, parents can download a sample driving contract. For more information, click here.