- Car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for Washington teens.
- Most of these crashes are caused by teen drivers who were speeding, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or distracted.
We work with government agencies, community groups, and insurance companies on programs to help teens become safer drivers.
Young Driver Fact Sheet (26.42 KB)
Increase teen seat belt use
As part of our effort to increase and enforce seat belt use, we coordinate the school-based Click It andTicket Teen Seat Belt Project.
Provide resources for parents of young drivers
We provide the Washington Teen Driver Safety website.
Support Department of Licensing young driver programs
We work with the Department of Licensing, which offers:
Educate young drivers about risks from impaired driving
Washington has stiff penaltiesfor impaired driving by young drivers.
- A driver under 21 is considered impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of just .02 percent.
- A driver under 18 found guilty of impaired driving — or any other drug or alcohol offense — faces a one-year license suspension.
Help Stop Teen Drinking & Impaired Driving Grant Project
Organized by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and paid for in the public interest by State Farm Insurance Companies.
Inform young drivers about distracted driving laws
Washington’s new cell phone and texting law prohibits texting and use of any type of cell phone with a learner’s permit or intermediate license.
Angie Ward - Program Manager