REPORT: More Teens Dying in Accidents Without Seat Belts


RICHMOND Shocking new numbers show more teens that are dying in car crashes are not wearing their seat belts.

That's according to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association. According to the report, there was a six percent increase in the number of fatal accidents involving teens who were not wearing their seat belts between 2009 and 2012.

Janet Brooking from Drive Smart Virginia says education is the key to getting more teens to buckle up when they get into a car.

“It cannot fall, the burden, on our schools to deliver all of this messaging. The community has to assist, our parents have to step in and make a strong statement about the importance of driving safely,” said Brooking.

Brooking says a parent teen driving contract is also a helpful tool to keep your kids safe. You can find and print your own copy of the contract here. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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