LSP offering “Sudden Impact” during National Teen Driver Safety Week

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Did you know that 95 teens between the ages of 15 and 20 were killed in crashes last year?

That is one of the statistics that the Louisiana Police is sharing during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 17th to October 23.

Some of the statistics shared by the Louisiana State Police can be found below:

  • In the same period, there were 8,287 teens injured in crashes
  • Of these crashes, 188 involved alcohol
  • The risk of motor vehicle crashes is highest among 16-19 year olds
  • In 2019, there were 2,042 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver
  • 628 of those who died in these crashes were the teen drivers

There is a program out there to help combat these teen driving deaths and it is called the Sudden Impact program.

The Sudden Impact program is made possible through a collaboration between the Louisiana State Police and University Medical Center in New Orleans.

According to the Louisiana State Police, “This program gives young drivers the tools and needed knowledge to avoid getting in dangerous situations that can lead to an unexpected, permanent, and preventable tragedy.”

LSP is providing a list of things teen drivers should watch out for before and during driving:

  • Alcohol
  • No seat belt use
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Number of passengers in their vehicle

If you have any questions about the Sudden Impact program, visit Sudden Impact Louisiana.

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