Strengthen GDL to Save Young Driver's Lives
WHAT: Presentation on SSSD's Goals for Improving South Dakota's GDL Program
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in South Dakota. Strengthening South Dakota's current Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program could save many teenage lives in our state.
The Safe and Sound South Dakota coalition supports enhancing the GDL program in South Dakota. Our coalition members include safety advocates, health care professionals and business leaders in South Dakota.
During the event, we will share South Dakota teen crash data and our proposed changes to the state's current GDL statute.
Strengthening the current GDL program would help mitigate the three greatest risks for young drivers: inexperience, distractions and late night driving. Studies estimate that states that have enhanced their GDL programs have experienced a reduction in crashes and teen deaths up to 40 percent. By making a few simple yet effective changes to our licensing system, we stand to significantly reduce the number of car crashes on South Dakota roads.
SSSD invites you to learn more about our coalition and our plans to improve South Dakota's GDL program in 2012. We also invited local businesses, non-profits and state legislators.
WHO: Safe and Sound South Dakota Graduated Driver Licensing Coalition
WHERE: Avera-McKennen Campus, Prairie Center Bldg. 1000 E. 23rd St.
(Building is right off Cliff Ave), Avera Cancer Center, Classroom A
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 9:00-10 a.m.CST