Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/14/2019 Did you know? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens. School is almost out for summer, which will likely translate to more teen drivers (with friends along) on the roads for the next few months. According to the CDC, driver inexperience is a main cause of fatal crashes for teen drivers. Fortunately, many motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and parents can make a big difference in keeping teen drivers safe. The more time teens spend behind the wheel, supervised by a parent truly present in the role of driving instructor, the better. Here are some effective ways to get involved in your teen’s driving: Ride along with your teen for at least 30-50 hours offering calm, helpful advice-at different times of day and night, in all kinds of weather and traffic patterns. Understand Wisconsin’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Laws. Go to: https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/teen%20and%20novice%20drivers or watch the Crossroads videos below. Consider using a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement that spells out rules of the road, thus setting clear expectations and limits. For a template, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey/pdf/PATK_2014_TeenParent_Agreement_AAP-a.pdf Be a good role model for your teen--always put down the cell phone and buckle up. Refusing to drive distracted and always wearing seat belts are simple ways for teens and all of us to prevent car crash injuries and death. For a new video series about teen driving, go to https://www.crossroadsteendriving.org/Crossroads or on https://www.youtube.com/, search Crossroads Teen Driving. Crossroads is a program of Children’s Hospital of WI, and the videos were produced in partnership with State Farm and WI Department of Transportation and feature WI teens. Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.