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Young Drivers

  • 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.


Program Objectives

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.

Program Contact

Angie Ward - Program Manager

360.725.9888 award@wtsc.wa.gov