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Summer 2008 | Vol. 10 | No. 4

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DOT Secretary Peters Shares Teen Driving Safety Plans

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters recently announced new initiatives to improve road safety. She focused on the need to prevent teen driving injuries, which account for more than 16 percent of overall crash-related injuries, even though teens represent only 8 percent of the driving public.

Peters unveiled a nationwide competition to develop advertising and educational materials focused on encouraging teens to drive safely. The winning campaign will receive $5,000 and be broadly distributed in target locations.

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She also indicated that the DOT will award $300,000 each to two states for creative and highly visible seat belt use enforcement efforts in local communities. Additionally, two states will each be awarded $100,000 to help combat drunk driving by using technologies that would disable a vehicle if the driver is legally impaired.

Secretary Peters made these announcements while meeting with several juniors and seniors at Severna Park Senior High School, in Maryland. She told the group: "Take your driving seriously. Put down your cell phone and stop text messaging. You can get back to your friends once you've turned off the ignition, but you can never get your life back."