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Teen Driving Safety Campaign Raises Awareness with Selected Enforcement Dates for April 2024

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To promote awareness about driving safety, every year the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) launches their “No Empty Chair Campaign.” The campaign takes place during a time of the year when the school session is almost at a close and when young drivers are most often behind the wheel. Teen drivers look towards the end of the school year to celebrate with prom and graduation events. To reduce the number of driving incidences, the campaign is timed in advance of these events teens so the message is reinforced and its importance sticks with motorists.

The hope is that the campaign will prevent crashes in which young drivers are impaired and distracted. State and local law enforcement agencies will play their part by targeting specific infractions like speeding in school zones, cell phone usage and texting while operating a motor vehicle, and underage drinking during the dates of Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th.

The campaign poster has a poignant tagline that should make every young driver pause and reflect. The tagline is: “Be in your chair on graduation day.

See the target dates below:

  • Monday, April 22, 2024 – Speeding in School Zones
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 – Seat Belt and Child Restraints
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 – Cell Phone Use and Texting
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 – Operation Safe Stop
  • Friday, April 26, 2024 – Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving

Click the poster below or click this link to learn more about the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and their statewide efforts to improve younger driver safety.