Celebrate and Encourage Teen Driver Safety - today and everyday
"I'll be safe on the road today so I can live, laugh and love tomorrow."
#BuckleUpBlue4Lauryn: A Ribbon for Teen Driver Safety is a new teen-led campaign shared by the Montana Department of Transportation to help teens remember to buckle up.
Fifteen-year-old Lauryn Kate Goldhahn, a member of the Fairfield Lady Eagle volleyball team, was the passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a rollover crash just one mile northwest of town on August 25. Lauryn, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the pickup after it rolled two and a half times before coming to a halt as it struck a power pole. She was thrown a distance of around 50 feet, and suffered serious injuries that would eventually lead to her death. After hearing of Lauryn’s death, the Red Lodge Rams volleyball team started the idea of the #buckleupblue4lauryn campaign. Blue ribbons were handed out at schools and sporting events to be tied on steering wheels of vehicles to remind everyone to buckle-up. This campaign has quickly grown statewide in Montana and neighboring states.
Montana Teen Driver Safety Day is the third Tuesday in October during National Teen Driver Safety Week. Proclaimed by the Montana State Legislature in 2009, its mission is to bring teens, community leaders, educators, and parents together to prevent young driver crashes, the leading cause of death for teens.
What can you do?
- TEENS can reach out to your peers, encouraging safe driving habits and celebrating smart, safe choices, like buckling up every time, putting your phone away, and driving alert and aware.
- PARENTS can be actively involved, helping your teen remember the "5 to Drive" safety rules and watching videos together about the real-life consequences of driving decisions.
- TEACHERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS can celebrate safe teen driving by showing videos during lunch breaks and posting messages on social media, reader boards, newsletters, and bulletin boards.
Find many helpful resources at the Office of Public Instruction’s Traffic Education webpage: http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/drivered.