During this week’s (October 20-26) is National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) has announced a new partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) aimed at preventing teen driving tragedies and improving safety on New York’s roadways.
The new partnership with SADD establishes the organization’s first-ever ‘State Coordinator,’ allowing it to mobilize SADD chapters and expand awareness efforts across the state.
For the third year in a row, a national study ranked New York the safest state in the nation for teen driving. (more on that here)
“GTSC works year-round to make sure young drivers are properly prepared to drive,” said GTSC Chair and DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “We are grateful to be working together with SADD to strengthen our existing initiatives and to reach more teens through peer-to-peer education, which is proven to be effective. Helping teens develop safe driving habits will help prevent tragedies on our roads and save lives.”
In her role as the SADD State Coordinator, Lauren Zimmerman-Meade will build upon GTSC’s work promoting safe teen driving by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education.
She will support chapters by keeping them active, informed and engaged in statewide and national programs, activities, and initiatives that encourage traffic safety.
Furthermore, the coordinator will identify communities with a high rate of teen crashes and help implement specific activities that address dangerous driving behaviors.
“SADD is well known in New York and has such potential to change the culture of teen driving. This Coordinator role will ensure that teens themselves have the resources and support they need to empower their peers to make safe choices behind the wheel,” said the new SADD New York State Coordinator, Lauren Zimmerman-Meade. “I look forward to building and expanding our chapters to implement effective peer-to-peer initiatives like Rock the Belt and TextLess Live More to increase teen driving safety throughout the Empire State.”
This new partnership comes as New York State marks National Teen Driver Safety Week, which serves as a reminder to parents, teachers, coaches and adult mentors to talk to teens about important rules they need to follow to stay safe on the road.