INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Eng
    (   Coauthors:   Assembly Members 
 Adams,   Ammiano,   Anderson,  
Arambula,   Bass,   Beall,   Bill
Berryhill,   Tom Berryhill,   Blakeslee,  
Block,   Blumenfield,   Brownley,  
Buchanan,   Caballero,   Charles Calderon, 
 Carter,   Conway,   Cook,   Coto,
  De La Torre,   De Leon,   DeVore, 
 Duvall,   Emmerson,   Evans,   Feuer,
  Fong,   Fuentes,   Fuller,  
Furutani,   Gaines,   Galgiani,   Garrick,
  Hagman,   Hall,   Harkey,  
Hayashi,   Hernandez,   Hill,   Huber,
  Huffman,   Jeffries,   Jones,  
Knight,   Krekorian,   Lieu,   Logue,
  Bonnie Lowenthal,   Ma,   Mendoza, 
 Miller,   Monning,   Nava,  
Nestande,   Niello,   Nielsen,   John A.
Perez,   V. Manuel Perez,   Portantino,  
Price,   Ruskin,   Salas,   Saldana, 
 Silva,   Skinner,   Smyth,  
Solorio,   Audra Strickland,   Swanson,  
Torlakson,   Tran,   Villines,   and
Yamada   ) 

                        FEBRUARY 12, 2009

   Relative to Teen Driving Safety Week.


   WHEREAS, Although driver's education is required in California's
public education curriculum, there are no in-car driver training
courses in California's high schools and only about one-third of high
schools offer driver's education due to budget and staff
limitations; and
   WHEREAS, A 16-year-old soccer player may have approximately 1,500
hours of coached soccer practice, but only 50 hours of driving
practice before obtaining his or her driver's license; and
   WHEREAS, Law enforcement and other first responders and teachers,
parents, and friends of teenage drivers are all deeply impacted by
the loss of teenage drivers in fatal motor vehicle accidents on
California's roadways; and
   WHEREAS, Drivers in California who are between 15 years of age and
19 years of age are at least three times more likely than drivers 30
years of age or older to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle
collision; and
   WHEREAS, Seventy-seven percent of 16-year-old drivers killed in
motor vehicle accidents in California were at fault; and
   WHEREAS, Although California has the highest rate of seatbelt
usage in the nation, 37 percent of 16-year-old passengers who died in
motor vehicle collisions in California were not wearing seatbelts;
   WHEREAS, Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of
teenagers, accounting for 40 percent of all teenage deaths; and
   WHEREAS, The majority of teenage driver motor vehicle collisions
in the United States are due to driver distractions and speeding, and
15 percent are due to drunk driving; and
   WHEREAS, Approximately two-thirds of teenage passenger deaths,
involving persons 13 years of age to 19 years of age, occur when
other teenagers are driving; and
   WHEREAS, One in three teenage drivers is involved in a motor
vehicle accident during the first year of driving; and
   WHEREAS, It is necessary to raise awareness, and to reach
teenagers, parents, and teachers, to influence change in risky
driving behavior in order to reduce the number of teenagers killed on
California's roadways each year; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the
Assembly hereby proclaims the week of March 9, 2009, as "Teen Driving
Safety Week" and urges Californians, with the help of law
enforcement organizations, teachers, parents, students, and the
IMPACT Teen Driver's Campaign, to observe Teen Driving Safety Week
with appropriate activities that promote safe driving practices among
teenage drivers; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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