Letter: Teen view

Danielle Branciforte, Havana, FL

Teen view

We lose 5,000 people each year in car crashes involving teen drivers.

Last week was National Public Health Week.

Everyone should learn more about this epidemic. Car crashes kill more teens than suicide and homicide combined. The statistics are unacceptable, and it's time to take action.

As the leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, I have dedicated my work to ensuring teens stay safe on our roadways. Drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers.

The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council have established coalitions like mine in nine other states to reduce crashes based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing. GDL works because it maximizes a teen driver's experience while minimizing the most common crash factors, such as driving at night and distractions caused by passengers and cellphones.

If you are interested in making our roadways safer, talk to a teen about the importance of safe driving. We have an obligation to protect our youth, not only during National Public Health Week, but every day.

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Comments » 3

conchsoup writes:

We need universal public transportation. The cost savings in lives alone justifies it.

colinkelly2 writes:

I live at the far end of a road in Golden Gate Estates. How often will your public transit bus come by my corner every day?

bananas8187 writes:

The driving age should be the same as the drinking age and military age. 21, 18, 25 - doesn't matter. It should be the same.

My choice would be 21, by the way, and turned on cell phones would not be ALLOWED in any vehicle, regardless of driver age.

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