UPS Road Code helps young drivers stay safe behind the wheel

WRITTEN BY MATTHEW HEADY
DIRECTOR OF TEEN PROGRAMS

In Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s continued efforts to ensure that all teens learn the safety principles of driving we have collaborated with UPS and the U.S. Department of Transportation to bring National Teen Driver Safety Week to our members. On Oct. 18th members at our Rockwood Club were given their first chance to learn from UPS volunteers and Club staff about safe driving practices and how to be good passenger.

Recent studies show a need for this education at a young age. Data has shown that:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years old) in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
  • There were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

Future UPS Road Code classes will be provided for teens across the Portland Metro area. For more information please connect with Director of Teen Services, Matthew Heady ([email protected]) or visit the National Teen Driver Safety Week website and UPS Road Code website.