Many thanks to our 2015 Teen Safe Driving Summit Sponsors!
2015 Teen Safe Driving Summit in Review
Read the Summit Media Impact Report! Special thanks to our partners and sponsors for helping us achieve our goal of reaching over 1.5 million social media users with teen safe driving messages during the Summit.
For a fun recap of the whole event through the lens of social media, take a look at our Summit Storify, which draws from Summit participants’ #TrafficSafeYouth tweets and Instagram posts to tell the story of their experience.
The 2015 Teen Safe Driving Summit was held on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria.
Over 100 youth and advisors from 22 states came together in DC October 17-20 to become stronger #TrafficSafeYouth advocates.
The youth leadership team weekend consisted of specialized trainings, an interactive lab, resources and support, and the National Teen Safe Driving Summit. Youth teams left the Summit empowered and trained to go back home and lead education outreach activities to educate their peers on being safe behind the wheel – all the time.
A big shout-out to our incredible team of peer mentors. They worked very hard since early in the summer to create a great weekend for the youth leadership teams and their efforts paid off immensely.
Youth Leadership Teams
We were joined by 36 youth leadership teams representing 22 states! Teams spent a total of three days with NOYS to learn from experts about the dangers teens face on the road – as drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Student teams selected to participate in the Teen Safe Driving Summit are given access to materials, resources, and programs that promote best practices, and agree to organize traffic safety activities in their respective schools and communities from January through May 2016. Each team’s commitment to education on these issues will culminate with an event to promote 2016: Safest Summer Ever. These spring initiatives will draw attention to 100 deadliest days on the road with the goal of preventing teen injuries and crashes across the US.attended a weekend packed with trainings and use the knowledge that they learned to educate their peers on the importance of teen safe driving.
The interactive lab was new this year and a huge success! We held the lab in the parking lot of the Masonic Memorial on Sunday, October 18. The lab gave the youth leadership teams a first-hand look at how safety affects the driving experience.
Lab participants included:
What is the Teen Safe Driving Summit?
In 2010, NOYS hosted the first National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit. More than 100 youth applied and 20 were selected to serve on Leadership Teams, led by peer mentors who had successfully planned summits at the state level. The teams represented local and national organizations from across the country. The Summit has become an annual event where youth gather to learn how to engage their peers, parents, community members, and policymakers in education about teen distracted driving. Young people who want to be part of the solution will learn strategies for implementing these programs and educational initiatives in their local communities. The event is created by and hosted for inspired youth who want to be catalysts for change.
The Summit is supported by the nation’s leading traffic safety experts. This youth-led approach –involving teens in peer-to-peer education—promises to prevent injury and save lives. In 2015, the National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit will become the National Teen Safe Driving Summit, broadening the agenda beyond distractions to include other safety issues such as seat belt usage, speeding, impaired driving, and auto safety.
Summit Live Stream Videos
A National Conversation About Teen Safe Driving with The Honorable Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator
Drowsy, Drugged and Drunk Driving Panel
Sharing the Road Panel