BILL NUMBER: SCR 65	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Lowenthal

                        JANUARY 26, 2010

   Relative to Teen Driving Safety Week.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SCR 65, as introduced, Lowenthal. Teen Driving Safety Week.
   This measure would declare the week of March 21, 2010, as "Teen
Driving Safety Week" and that the State of California should observe
this week, with the help of law enforcement organizations, teachers,
parents, students, and the IMPACT Teen Driver's Campaign, with
appropriate activities that promote the practice of safe driving
among teenage drivers.
   Fiscal committee: no.



   WHEREAS, Law enforcement and other first responders, teachers,
parents, and friends are all deeply impacted by the loss of teens
from vehicle accidents on California's roadways; and
   WHEREAS, Drivers in California between 15 and 19 years of age are
at least three times more likely to be in a fatal vehicle collision
than drivers 30 years of age and older; and
   WHEREAS, There is no in-car driver training in California's high
schools and even though driver's education is required as part of
California's public education curricula, only about one-third of the
high schools actually offer it due to budget and staff limitations;
and
   WHEREAS, A 16-year-old soccer player has had about 1,500 hours of
coached soccer practice, but only 50 hours of driving practice before
getting his or her driver's license; and
   WHEREAS, Seventy-seven percent of the 16-year-old drivers killed
in traffic accidents in California were at fault; and
   WHEREAS, Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of
teens, accounting for 40 percent of all teen deaths; and
   WHEREAS, The majority of teen drivers involved in crashes in the
United States are due to driver distractions and speeding and 15
percent of the crashes are due to drunken driving; and
   WHEREAS, Despite the fact that California has the highest rate of
seat belt usage in the nation, 37 percent of the 16-year-old
passengers who died in traffic collisions in California were not
wearing their seat belts; and
   WHEREAS, Approximately two-thirds of teen (13 to 19 years of age)
passenger deaths occur when other teenagers are driving; and
   WHEREAS, One in three teen drivers has an accident in their first
year of driving; and
   WHEREAS, It is necessary to raise awareness, reach teens, parents,
and teachers and influence change in risky teen driving behavior in
order to reduce the number of teens killed on California's roadways
each year; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved, by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the week of March 21, 2010, be declared
"Teen Driving Safety Week" and that the State of California observe
this week, with the help of law enforcement organizations, teachers,
parents, students, and the IMPACT Teen Driver's Campaign, with
appropriate activities that promote the practice of safe driving
among teenage drivers.
   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.