One of our strongest partners in the campaign for driving safety has been the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). And, with National Youth Traffic Safety Month approaching in May, NOYS is asking America's high schools, "Are you ready to make some NOYS?"
Here at the Department of Transportation, we hope schools across the nation answer "YES!" by participating in the NOYS Act Out Loud contest.
Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in America. And, with proms, graduations, and the arrival of summer, May marks the beginning of a busy driving season for America’s teens. In fact, eight of the ten deadliest days for young people on our nation's highways annually fall between May and August.
That's why the NOYS Act Out Loud contest wants to make sure America's young safety activists are ready in time to hit the ground running with peer education programs. Act Out Loud asks teens to create projects that raise awareness in their communities of the dangers of distracted driving.
This contest is also a terrific way for schools to use the many resources in their communities--law enforcement, government leadership, and experts--to support this safety message. If it involves teen safety, these resources are always ready to lend a hand.
Even better? The best projects could win up to $10,000 for their local safety organization.
So, please, don't miss an opportunity to educate your community about safe teen driving. If you're affiliated with a high school or other youth safety organization, start making plans to Act Out Loud.