TEENS: THE MOST DANGEROUS THING YOU WILL EVER DO IS GET IN A CAR AS A DRIVER OR A PASSENGER.
The good news – it doesn’t have to be this way. With knowledge, practice and good decision making, this can be changed. It takes the efforts of parents, teens and everyone in each community working together to reach our goal.
Our goal: Zero Crashes. Zero Fatalities.
Join us in making this goal a reality.
ONLY 1 PASSENGER
A teen driver is twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash with one passenger. That risk quadruples with 3 or more passengers. A good strategy is to have no passengers for the first 3 – 6 months of independent driving, while the teen gains experience.
By law, teen drivers and all passengers MUST wear seat belts. Compared with any other age group, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. In 2013, only 55% of high school students reported always wearing seat belts when riding with someone else. (CDC)
NOT AFTER 11PM
In New Jersey, a probationary driver is not allowed to drive between 11:01 pm and 5:00 am. 40% of all fatal teen driver crashes happen at night. States with nighttime restrictions have reported up to 60% reduction in crashes. (NHTSA)
The use of portable electronic devices (handheld or hands-free) is not allowed for permit and probationary drivers.
The average text takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds. At highway speeds, that is enough time to travel the length of a football field.
The law requires any permit or probationary driver under the age of 21, to display the red decal on the front and rear license plates.
The use of the GDL decal is responsible for reducing teen driver crashes by over 9% and increasing police enforcement by 14%.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SHARE THE KEYS…
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.
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.
The SHARE THE KEYS program could very well be the most IMPORTANT assembly program attended by high school students and their parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Share the Keys" is one of the most comprehensive training program for parents that are about to have a new teen driver.