A new grant program has been presented to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Students Taking Action for Road Safety Act of 2010 (STARS), if passed, will authorize $25 million a year from 2011 to 2015. This money will fund programs that will help the safety of teen drivers and those they share the road with by:
- Working with student-led groups from schools in Connecticut and nationwide to plan and implement teen safety programs.
- Providing sub-grants to schools to establish and expand student groups.
- Conducting outreach programs that work to inform parents as to how they can help prevent teen driving accidents.
- Collaborating with law enforcement to increase awareness and the use of police led safety programs.
- Organizing and hosting teen safety driver safety conferences on the state and national level.
- Establishing partnerships and encouraging collaboration among teens and public, private and nonprofit entities.
- Funding the position of a state and/or regional teen safety program coordinator.
In addition to the above programs and initiatives, $500,000 of the funds would go toward the establishment of a technical assistance center that would provide training to dedicated schools, student leaders and advisors across the nation.
The newly established Teen Driver Advisory Council would work on creating prevention strategies for reducing both injuries and fatalities involving teen drivers.
The attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren are glad to see that the issue of teen driver safety is being taken seriously. We know that as personal injury attorneys we have seen too many teen drivers make mistakes that cause serious injury, even death. Hopefully this act goes a long way to preventing teen driving accidents in Connecticut and across New England.