According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the leading cause of death for Minnesota’s 15- to 17-year-olds is traffic crashes.
While Minnesota has laws to reduce teens’ exposure to high-risk situations as they hone their driving skills, parents still have the most important role in educating teens and monitoring their driving practices to help them stay safe.
For information on the new driving laws and access to a variety of educational resources for parents and teens, visit the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety.
Glencoe Regional Health Services is also taking steps to protect area teens by providing traffic crash emergency response re-enactments for high-school students each spring and by offering this downloadable Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.
Use this helpful tool to discuss with your teen your expectations for safe driving behaviors and the consequences for failing to meet your expectations.