ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS

Share the Keys is a 60 – 90 minute interactive orientation for parents and teens designed to reduce teen driver crash risk by increasing parental involvement.

NEW JERSEY PARENT/TEEN SAFE DRIVING ORIENTATION

Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety developed Share the Keys, a research based, data-driven orientation designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are recognized as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver crashes, injuries and deaths. While New Jersey’s GDL is considered one of the most progressive and stringent in the United States, it must be clearly understood and supported by parents to save lives. To that end, ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety.

Parental involvement has a significant impact on teen driver safety. Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look, a research report from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and State Farm, examined the impact parenting styles had on teen driver safety and found that teens whose parents set rules and pay attention to their driving activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be involved in a crash. The report presents the numerous safety gains experienced through this balanced parenting approach (authoritative) and provides a series of best practices.

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Pre-Share the Keys Survey

Parents Who Stated they Fully Understand the GDL
33%
Parents Who Described their Teen's Driving as Good or Excellent
88%
Parents Who Reported Spending 3 hours or Less of Practice Driving a Month
34%
Post-Share the Keys Survey
(Based on their Participation in STK)
Parents Who Stated they Fully Understand the GDL
84%
Became Better Role Models Behind-the-Wheel
91%
Enforced the Curfew Restrictions of the GDL
77%
Increased Practice Driving with their Teens
82%
Controlled the Keys (Did not allow primary access)
67%

HOW IS SHARE THE KEYS PRESENTED?

Share the Keys is approximately 60-90 minutes in length, presented by facilitators in community based settings (i.e., schools, libraries) and can be linked to parking permit requirements, classroom driver education programs and back-to-school nights.

The orientation is designed for parents and their teens in the pre-permit/permit stage of licensure and includes a resource guide full of materials that support parental involvement and safe driving behaviors. Parents and their teens already holding a probationary license will also benefit.

Share the Keys content is based on the following key objectives:

  • Understanding the Graduated Driver License (GDL)
  • Being a Good Role Model
  • Effectively Enforcing the GDL at Home
  • Increasing Practice Driving Hours
  • Controlling the Keys
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS…

  • As a law enforcement officer instructing the Share the Keys program, I see considerable value in reaching young drivers, and their parents, as the new driver is  at the highest risk for becoming involved in a crash in the first two years of their driving experience.  The resources and supportive data provided during the 90 minute presentation, give the audience the tools they need to successfully adopt safe driving behaviors.  

    Sergeant Brian Hopely Supervisor, Traffic Safety Unit | Ocean City Police Department
  • Share the Keys finds that perfect balance between teaching teens safe driving habits while reminding parents driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys. The continued responsibility of educating teen drivers still rests with involved parents.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department
  • From a teacher's perspective...Research is telling us STK is a proven winner for parents (involvement lessens crashes). STK is also an effective GDL teaching tool for new driver education teachers and law enforcement.  Parents depend on driver education teachers to be a resource for the GDL. STK provides clarity for safe teen driving behaviors.

    Maureen Nussman VP Health, NJAHPERD | NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition
  • "Share the Keys" is one of the most comprehensive training program for parents that are about to have a new teen driver.

    Robert Clarke Traffic Safety Specialist | South Jersey Traffic Planning Organization
  • In my opinion the 'Share the Keys' program will save lives of teen drivers by educating not only teen drivers themselves, but just as importantly the parents and guardians who have the greatest impact on enforcing safe driving on a daily basis. The program emphasizes parents and guardians setting good examples for their children as well as encouraging them to have open dialogue and taking responsibility for their teenagers when they hand them a set of keys.

    Matt Wolf Phys-Ed, Driver-Ed Teacher | Middle Township High School NJ.
  • The SHARE THE KEYS program could very well be the most IMPORTANT assembly program attended by high school students and their parents.

    Mike Sandor Supervisor of Health, Physical Education & Driver Safety | Summit High School
  • Share the Keys plays an important part in educating new drivers and their parents on how to be a safe driver.  It focuses on, developing proper driving practices and close parental involvement. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping our teens alive.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department
  • The Share the Keys program has been incredibly successful as well as helpful to all who have attended. The feedback from the parents as well as the new drivers has been extremely positive. EVERY new driver should attend.

    Pfc. Thomas A. Di Tullio Washington Twp Police Department | School Resource Officer
  • The statistics for teen crashes in New Jersey are staggering.  Share the Keys bridges the gap by imparting the serious nature of responsible driving to teens while reminding parents that driving education doesn’t stop once you hand them the keys.

    Patrolman Craig Hoover East Brunswick Police Department

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