Teen Driving Legislation

May
7
2013

Nominate today for our Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award!

By DriveitHOME

Do you know an individual or organization dedicated to teen driver safety? Nominate them for our prestigious 2013 Teen Safe Driving Leadership Award!

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Feb
26
2013

Share your story, help save lives

By DriveitHOME

By: Charlene Sligting, National Safety Council

Charlene Sligting is the Victim Advocate for the National Safety Council. Charlene manages the HEARTS Network, which provides a national platform for victims of teen driving crashes who want to share their stories to help reduce crashes and keep teens safe behind the wheel. HEARTS, which stands for Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors, is managed by the National Safety Council and initiated in part by The Allstate Foundation.

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Feb
12
2013

Legislative update: Teen driving

By DriveitHOME

Strong legislation is needed to help keep teen drivers safe on our roadways. We encourage you to use our Legislative Action Center to send pre-written and customizable letters to lawmakers in your state showing you support bills that would help protect teen drivers.

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Feb
7
2013

Cell phone distracted driving legislative update

By DriveitHOME

Strong legislation will help end cell phone distracted driving. We encourage you to use our Legislative Action Center to send pre-written and customizable letters to lawmakers in your state showing your support for bills that would ban all cell phone use – both handheld and hands-free – while driving.

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Feb
5
2013

From the NTSB blog: Saving lives – state by state by state

By DriveitHOME

As legislative sessions begin, we hope lawmakers consider strengthening teen and cell phone distracted driving laws. On Jan. 23 on her blog, NTSB Safety Compass, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman talks about the need to support stronger laws. Read Chairman Hersman’s thoughts on legislation and consider the role you play in decreasing crashes involving teen and cell phone distracted drivers.

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Dec
15
2012

At long last, Michigan Legislature passes Kelsey’s Law

By DriveitHOME

Early in the morning on Dec. 14, 2012, Michigan became the 33rd state to pass a law prohibiting teens from using cell phones while driving.

S.B. 756, also known as Kelsey’s Law, passed the Michigan Senate in March 2012, but it took until the end of the year during a lame-duck session to push the bill through the House. It now is headed to the governor’s desk.

S.B. 756 is named after Kelsey Raffaele, who passed away in a crash she caused because she was talking on her cell phone while driving. Below is Kelsey’s story.

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Dec
5
2012

What is MAP-21?

By DriveitHOME

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which is a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation programs. It more commonly is referred to as MAP-21. This bill was the first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005, and it will provide more than $105 billion to fund surface transportation programs in 2013 and 2014. Funds from the previous bill ended in 2009 when the bill expired, but had been temporarily extended nine times.

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Sep
25
2012

In our own words – Bonnie Raffaele

By DriveitHOME

In our own words
Submitted by: Bonnie Raffaele

All I ever wanted was to be a mom. That is what brings joy to my life, being a mom.

I know you hear it all the time, but Kelsey was the best child, even when she was a baby. Courtney, Kelsey’s twin, demanded more of my attention when they were small. Kelsey was content sitting there and watching me.

She was funny. She used to have me take pictures of her dad when he wasn’t looking. It was something that would annoy him, but she would get such a kick out of it.

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Sep
20
2012

“Kelsey’s Law” (S.B. 756) – legislation that will save lives

By DriveitHOME

Kelsey was a spirited 17 year old. She was fun, caring and had lots of friends. She and her twin sister, Courtney, had a great relationship. Kelsey was truly one of a kind. Her death devastated her family and those who knew her.

Kelsey was talking on a cell phone while driving and, distracted by her conversation, caused a crash that took her life. Kelsey’s parents had talked to her about the dangers of texting while driving, but not about the dangers of cell phone conversations – handheld or hands-free.

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Aug
31
2012

In our own words – Donna Weeks

By DriveitHOME

In our own words

Submitted by: Donna Weeks

Note: We are thrilled for HEARTS member Donna Weeks, whose tireless legislative efforts came to fruition on Aug. 6 when the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld “Kyleigh’s Law,” named for Donna’s daughter, Kyleigh D’Alessio. Kyleigh was killed in a crash in 2006 while she was one of three teens riding in a vehicle driven by a newly-licensed teen.

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