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SmartDrive is operated by the SmartDrive Foundations with support from concerned individuals and organizations in the state of Delaware in response to the senseless and preventable loss of life among our teens in Delaware resulting from poor driving decisions and practices. The desired outcome for SmartDrive is for a significant number of young drivers to make the right decisions every time they are behind the wheel so they will never put themselves, their passengers or their vehicles in harm's way.

These statistics based on recent driving performance by teen drivers clearly demonstrate the problem we face.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 36% of all deaths in the 16-19 year old age group are due to fatal motor vehicle accidents.
  • In 2005, 400,000 teens were treated in emergency rooms for injuries incurred in motor vehicle accidents
  • In 2005, teens accounted for 10% of the population and 12% of the motor vehicle crash deaths.
  • Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 38% were speeding at the time of the crash and 24% had been drinking.
  • In 2005, among teen drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes after drinking and driving, 74% were unrestrained.
  • Persons aged 15 to 24, who represent only 14% of the U.S. population, account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.

And, according to statistics gathered from various public safety agencies by TeenDrivingInfo.com:

  • Annually, 7887 teens, aged 15-20 die in car crashes -- that is 22 fatalities daily. Of these, 2008 are 16-17 years old.
  • Crash rates are the highest during the first 6 months and 1,000 miles of licensure.
  • While on a test track 100% of experienced adult drivers were able to stop at a red light when approaching an intersection while talking on a cell phone. ONLY 33% of inexperienced teen drivers were able to stop at the same intersection while distracted by talking on a cell phone.

In order to achieve this mission, SmartDrive delivers a compelling message, a fun interactive approach, consistent application over time and significant incentives. The heart of the program is an online instructional program that is available to all high school students regionally. The program is administered by SmartDrive with assistance from school administrators and faculty, and other concerned public safety officials and educators from the public and private sectors in Delaware.

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