Welcome to the Checkpoints Program, a free resource for parents of teen drivers.
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Checkpoints Helps by:

  • Giving parents facts about teen driving safety.
  • Showing parents what they can do to help their teens be safer drivers.
  • Providing a free interactive Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that can be customized to you and your teen.

I-96 is my biggest fear. The traffic is always heavy and there is a lot of construction. There are also a lot of large trucks and a lot of speeders, especially at night. My son needs more experience before I will let him drive alone on I-96.

Stuart N., parent

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Create a Driving Agreement

It’ll just take a few minutes and you’ll be able to create an agreement based on the latest teen driving safety research.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create a personal parent-teen driving agreement
  • Create separate agreements for each teen in your family
  • Print and save your agreement
  • Update your agreement as your teen becomes a more experienced driver

The agreement is available to parents for free through a grant to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Latest News

National study shows correlation between parents' and teens' distracted driving

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. surveyed more than 2,600 newly licensed U.S. drivers ages 16-18 and nearly 3,000 parents of drivers in this age group, including 400 pairs of teens and parents from the same households.  Parents who were more likely to engage in distracting behaviors while driving (like talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or drinking, looking for somethingn in the vehicle) were more likely to have teens who did the same.  A key finding is that what teens think their parents do while driving has a greater impact on teen behavior than what parents actually report they do.  This is important because teens think their parents engage in distracted driving more often than may be the case.

 

For more information see these articles:

 

"Driver distraction:  Do as I say, not as I do (or what you think I do)"

http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/21000-driver-distraction-do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-or-what-you-think-i-do

 

"Are you a good driver?  Ask your teenager"

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/11/28/are-you-a-good-driver-ask-your-teenager/

PA: State Senate Approves Bill Tightening Rules for Teen Drivers

Legislation that would restrict cell phone use and the number of passengers in a vehicle operated by junior drivers won state Senate approval on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Allegheny, passed on a 44-3 vote. It goes back to the House for approval of the Senate changes.

One of those changes included making talking or texting while driving an offense that junior drivers could be cited for only if they are stopped for another offense. Several senators voted for the bill with the hope that the House will undo that change so that police could stop a teen driver for talking or texting on a phone. Others hope for the House to consider a ban on texting while driving for all drivers.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/05/pennsylvania_senate_approves_b.html

HI: Traffic Deaths Among Teen Drivers Decline Steadily

Teen traffic deaths have declined dramatically over the past six years.

The state says it took an all out effort among the city, state, parents, and the teenagers themselves to save lives.

"I think it's also HPD and our county police departments working out there and specifically focusing teen drivers we've seen a lot of legislation lately with the graduated drivers license program implemented in 2006," said Tammy Mori with the State transportation department.

http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Traffic-deaths-among-teen-drivers-decline-steadily/b7ZulRnlh0S-ZvD7rOSvVA.cspx

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