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Teen Safe Driving Coalitions

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens. Drivers ages 16 and 17 have the highest crash rates of all age groups. NSC formed the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions with a common goal: to establish a culture of teen safe driving based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL).

GDL is a method of reducing teen drivers’ crash risk by 20% to 40%, and works through maximizing experience while minimizing the common risks teens face on the roads, including nighttime driving and carrying teen passengers.

Funded by the National Road Safety Foundation, the 10 Teen Safe Driving Coalitions are affiliated with their state and local governments, local law enforcement, public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, schools and businesses, as well as teens, parents, survivor advocates and more.

There are no membership dues; your only obligation is to help spread the word about GDL and teen safe driving. If you are in one of the states listed below and would like to learn what you can do or participate in the next meeting, we invite you to contact your state's coalition leader:

California
Kelly Browning, executive director
Impact Teen Drivers
Email: [email protected]

Florida
Melissa Branca, state coordinator
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Email: [email protected]

Maryland
Dr. Richard Lichenstein, pediatrician
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland
Email: [email protected]

Michigan
Donna Bucciarelli, education coordinator
Beaumont Hospital
Email: [email protected]

New Jersey
Andy Anderson, ret. law enforcement officer
Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Email: [email protected]
New York
Kristi L. Ladowski, prevention and outreach coordinator
Stony Brook Trauma Center
Email: [email protected]

Ohio
Teresa Carper, state coordinator
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Email: [email protected]

Pennsylvania
Felicity DeBacco-Erni, project director
PA DUI Association
Email: [email protected]

Tennessee
Julie Strike, state coordinator
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Email: [email protected]

Texas
Russell Henk, program director
Teens in the Driver's Seat
Email: [email protected]



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