The FDOT Safety Office along with our partners from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), State Farm, Always Wear Your Seat Belt Foundation, Think First for Safety, DBI, and All Children’s Hospital, presented The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition’s third annual Leadership Academy. Starting on June 13, 2015 and meeting at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg over the period of four days, students focused on the cultivation of teen peer advocacy groups within the State of Florida. Teens from all over the state learned about existing Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws, their benefits and the need for them, the benefits of safety belt use, the hazards of distracted driving and texting, reducing speeding, reducing impaired driving and underage drinking, and how to educate their peers and community leaders on these issues. The leadership academy is an example of how successful a group of public and private traffic safety organizations can be when working in cooperation on a single goal – saving lives. Our Leadership Academy has been recognized by the National Safety Council and by the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration for its efforts.
The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition was created in 2013 in order to encourage teen participation in the four E’s (engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response) by developing a statewide program that includes peer to peer education and prevention strategies in schools and communities.