Raleigh, NC, January 07, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Nationwide program provides a communication tool to make teens accountable for their driving.
Teen Road Angel has announced the nationwide availability of its program to address the growing epidemic of unsafe teen driving. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group. For Nancy Anderson and Sherrie Holland, founders of Teen Road Angel and parents of teens themselves, these frightening statistics hit too close to home not to take action. The idea for Teen Road Angel was prompted by an incident they personally experienced while traveling on Interstate 95 when they were nearly run off the highway by a car full of teenagers. After researching and uncovering the staggering statistics on teen driving, Anderson and Holland realized how vital it is for our community to come together to change these statistics. The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” best describes how Teen Road Angel works to help reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to teen driving.
Teen Road Angel is a national, Internet-based program that allows the community to monitor public roads. It is a simple idea that works well: Parents enroll their teens into the program and receive an identifying decal to place on the vehicle. The decal provides both a phone number and website to file reports. Once a report has been filed, the parents of the teen are notified immediately via email. Teen Road Angel encourages reports of both positive and negative driving behavior.
The Teen Road Angel program is geared towards prevention. “If teens realize their parents can be notified of their driving behavior, they will think twice before making risky driving decisions,” said Anderson. Nearly 46 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. According to a study published by the Congressional Quarterly, the presence of multiple teen passengers increases the risk of teen crashes. “Educating teens on safe driving procedures starts with knowledge and awareness,” said Holland. “Only if parents are made aware of their teens’ driving mistakes can there be an opportunity to correct these mistakes.”
Teen Road Angel annual membership cost is $40. Anderson and Holland are working with driving schools, law enforcement agencies, PTA groups, parenting groups, teen advocacy groups and anyone who wants to take part in helping to save lives and make roads safer. Parents can find out more and join at www.teenroadangel.com.
Teen Road Angel
P.O. Box 1167
Apex NC 27502