NJM'S Teen Driver Safety Efforts Expanding Throughout
Teenagers are some of the most at-risk drivers on our roads, contributing to 11% of all crashes in New Jersey. These crashes are most often the result of inexperience, distraction, tailgating, failing to yield, and speeding. NJM Insurance Group hosts a variety of programs to educate teenagers and their parents on these risk factors and more, to help reduce the rate of teen driver crashes.
NJM’s Teen Driver Safety Program has educated teens about safe driving habits since 2013. Through the program, NJM’s Teen Driver Safety Officers visit high schools throughout New Jersey to give a presentation on safe teen driving habits. This service is offered at no cost to high schools in NJM’s continuous effort to keep our roadways safe for all who travel on them. Since its inception, the Teen Driver Safety Program has reached more than 150,000 students in more than 230 New Jersey schools.
NJM also administers Share the Keys, an interactive program focusing on the positive effect of parental involvement on teen driver safety. Share the Keys is a research-based, data-driven program offered at no cost to New Jersey and Pennsylvania high schools. It covers New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws and how parents can impact their child’s driver safety.
To further engage students, NJM hosts a “Just Drive” pledge campaign, aiming to reduce distracted driving by New Jersey’s drivers. High school students and their friends and family members can pledge to not text or use their phones while driving. NJM rewards the school with the highest number of pledges with a donation of $2,500 toward its Driver Education Program. This year more than 6,000 individuals signed the “Just Drive” pledge.
To schedule a Share the Keys or Teen Driver Safety presentation, contact Violet Marrero, Safety Administrator, at 609-883-1300, ext. 7451, or visit NJM’s Safety Center at NJM.com/teen-driver-safety.