Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for teens, yet these crashes are preventable. Individuals and organizations across the United States are working to keep teens safer on the roads, and NSC recognizes these efforts with the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award.

Award winners are chosen based on evidence of:

  • Changing behaviors to reduce teen crashes using proven, evaluated methods
  • Leading efforts to educate and engage teens, parents or communities around teen safe driving practices
  • Advocating for policies based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing

Danielle Branciforte is the winner of the 2017 Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award. Her efforts have had a measurable impact on efforts to save teen lives.

"Danielle has worked hand-in-hand with teens to find a solution that protects our youngest drivers. She truly deserves to be recognized as a leader in teen driving safety," said Kelly Nantel, vice president of communications and advocacy at NSC.

As the leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition and the statewide director for Florida SADD, Branciforte played an integral role in decreasing teen driver fatalities and improving teen driver safety across the state. During her leadership, Florida saw an 18% drop in fatal car crashes among 15- to-19-year-old teen drivers and a 22% drop among the state's youngest drivers, ages 15 to 17.

Branciforte received her award at the annual NSC Defensive Driving Courses Awards Banquet, during the 2017 NSC Congress & Expo in Indianapolis in September.

Questions about the process or nomination? Contact NSC Award Program Manager [email protected].

Graduated Licensing Protects Teen Drivers

Graduated Driver Licensing systems are proven to reduce crashes involving teen drivers by as much as 40%. These systems help maximize teens’ driving experience while minimizing common crash risks, such as passenger distraction, nighttime driving and cell phone use.

Parental Involvement is Critical

Parents are the No. 1 influence on their teen drivers' habits. Drive the way you want your teen to drive. Always.

What is Graduated Driver Licensing?

Learn more about Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) and why it works.

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