Alabama Unveils Safe Teen Driving Toolkit with Pediatricians Help

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Most of the time you visit their office because you're sick or it's time for a check up.
But the next time you stop by your pediatrician you may leave with more than just a prescription.

"Pediatricians are a credible resource in society and they're well recognized and respected by their families that they take care of and adolescents believe it or not will sometimes listen to them," said Dr. Carden Johnson with the AL Safe Teen Driving Coalition.

And because of that the state has decided to ask pediatricians for help.

"The coalition went to pediatricians to talk about what they would need to make an effective efficient communication and they came up with the items in this toolkit," explained Dr. Johnson.

Pediatricians all across Alabama will receive that toolkit.
It includes logs and a variety of educational materials for doctors to share with their patients and parents.

"and to stay modern, we're giving away in the toolkit a jump drive and all the information in the toolkit is in the jump-drive," added Dr. Johnson.

Alabama ranks second in the nation for the number of teenage drivers who die in car crashes.
The Alabama Graduated License Law was passed in 2002 and amended in 2010 to help prevent those crashes.

There are three stages
Stage one, a 15-year-old can get a driver's permit and can only drive with a licensed driver who is 21 or older.

Stage two, at 16, you can get an intermediate license, with driving restrictions between midnight and 6 a.m. and you can't have more than one passenger in the car.

Stage three, at 17, you can get a full license.

The tool-kits will be distributed to all pediatricians during the AAP'S annual fall meeting that begins Friday in Birmingham.

This educational program is funded by a grant from the Allstate foundation.

The Alabama AAP is one of only eight chapters in the nation selected to receive the grant.

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