Parents and caregivers in Florida have been encouraged to promote safe driving to their teens as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and public safety partners across Florida to recognize the national event.

According to the FLHSMV, teen drivers (ages 15-19) represent approximately five per cent of licensed drivers in Florida, while more than 11 percent of crashes in Florida involve teens.

“National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great time for parents and caregivers to remind their young drivers of safe driving habits,” said Florida Highway Patrol Colonel Gary Howze II.

“Help make Florida’s roadways safer by educating your children on the dangers associated with speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.”

The FLHSMV is encouraging parents, family members, and friends of teen drivers to communicate what safe driving looks like and how to practice it daily.