This October 18th – 24th has been designated as National Teen Driver Safety Week. Celebrated every October Congress established this week to combat teen deaths associated with driving. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention auto accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in teenagers, claiming 1 in 3 deaths from this age group.

This year’s focus is Ride Like a Friend, encouraging teenagers to be good passangers. The Ride Like a Friend website hopes to take this week one step further, motivating teens to start their own local safety campaign. Congress believes this week will encourage teens to become safer drivers thorughout the year.