Welcome to the Younger Driver Traffic Safety Tool-Kit

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 18 - 24, 2015. Since car crashes are a leading cause of death among teens in the US, parents, this is what you need to know about your teen drivers.

The most dangerous time of a teen driver's life is the first 12 months after receiving a license, as teen driver crashes are largely caused by driver inexperience. Inexperienced drivers can also be easily distracted, by passengers and by cell phone use. New York's graduated licensing law addresses some areas to improve teen driver safety, but parents need to do their part. Parents are a big influence on teen drivers, so be sure you are being a positive influence.

The theme of National Teen Driver Safety Week is, "5 to Drive – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road". Please review the material on our web site so you can help your child be a better — and safe, teen driver.

This webpage is a one stop toolkit/resource center for materials which are useful to traffic safety partners who are working with new and young drivers.

Cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014, for drivers with a probationary license, Class DJ, Class MJ or a learner permit:

  • Conviction will result in a mandatory 120-day driver license or permit suspension.
  • Subsequent convictions within six months of a license restoration will result in a a revocation of at least one year of a probationary license, junior license or learner permit.

Review New York's cell phone and electronic device law that applies to all drivers.

If you are an individual who educates younger drivers in New York State the following resources are available to you by contacting the NYS GTSC.

  • Public Information & Education Materials
  • A poster for your school, or
  • A guest speaker for your school

Some of these links are to MS Word or pdf documents. You will need Adobe Acrobat® Reader external link to open pdf documents.