OPI Encourages Schools and Parents to Promote Good Habits on Teen Driver Safety Day

Monday, October 16, 2017

HELENA –Nothing injures and kills more teens than car crashes. Tomorrow, October 17th, is Teen Driver Safety Day in Montana. The OPI encourages high schools and parents across Montana to discuss best practices for safe driving with their students. Last year, Montana high schools trained over 9,200 teens in the driving skills needed to stay safe on the roads and highways. While youth driving crashes are on the decline in Montana, there is significant room for improvement.

Teen Driver Safety Day is a great opportunity for parents and educators to talk with teens about good driving habits. It is also important for adults to serve as positive role models on the road. Young people in Montana are our treasures and it is up to us to instill best driving practices in them,” Superintendent Arntzen said Monday. 

Distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but to everyone on the road. Despite knowing the risks, teens are still engaging in risky driving practices. 2017 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey driving trends can be found here:

http://opi.mt.gov/Portals/182/Page%20Files/YRBS/17-Montana-Students-and-Driving-Behaviors.pdf

 

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Contact: Dylan Klapmeier

               Director of Communications

               Montana Office of Public Instruction

               dylan.klapmeier@mt.gov

               Office: 406-444-3559

               â€‹Cell: 406-438-7442