NHTSA Programs

Increasing GDL Compliance Through Education
We are pleased to present Increasing Compliance of GDL Laws through Education and Outreach, a new SADD program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage students, parents, law enforcement, and schools about the importance of following graduated driver licensing laws (GDL).
The Problem
Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for 15-20-year-olds. Teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes than other drivers, mainly because of their immaturity, lack of skills, and lack of experience. They make mistakes and they get distracted easily–especially if their friends are in the car. In a study analyzed by NHTSA, teen drivers were more than twice as likely to engage in one or more potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer than when driving alone. GDL laws are designed to keep teens safe by encouraging practice and skill development, and minimizing high risk driving times.
Project History
GDL systems only work if they are being used by parents and teens and enforced by police. SADD and NHTSA entered into an agreement in X to increase GDL compliance by developing ways students, parents, law enforcement and communities could work together. Activities were conducted in Alameda County California, Sumner County Tennessee, and X County Wyoming.
This toolkit contains materials and resources for you to educate your peers and parents about GDL. There are also separate sections for law enforcement, judges and school administration so that you can work independently with each group to increase compliance of the GDL law in your state and save lives!
This toolkit contains information on GDL for you to review. It provides tips and activities for you to use while teaching your teen to drive in all phases of GDL. It provides suggestions on how to enhance the GDL law in your own state by ensuring that your family has rules to keep your teen driver safe even if your state law falls short. It includes a model parent-teen contract, a parent-to-parent contract, and some tips on how to be the best role model behind the wheel.
This toolkit provides suggestions on ways to work with SADD students in your community to educate parents and teens on the importance and benefits of GDL. It also provides resources to use in training law enforcement personnel and judges so they understand the GDL law in your state.
This toolkit includes resources you can use to integrate information on GDL into activities already taking place on your campus. This way you can make sure that students, parents, coaches and school resource officers have the information and resources they need to keep teens safe driving to and from school and school activities.

Rock The Belt

We are pleased to present a middle school version of Rock the Belt, a SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing seat belts in every vehicle, every seat, every time.

The Problem

Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens today. Of these deaths, 54% of teens (13-19 years old) were unbuckled.

Crash reports show that over the past five years, almost half of all tweens (8-14 years old) killed in crashes weren’t wearing their seat belts.

Rock the Belt is designed to address these statistics through education and engaging activities for high school and middle school students.

Program History

Mississippi SADD, in conjunction with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety started Rock the Belt. Shortly after, a NHTSA-funded evaluation concluded that Rock the Belt increased seat belt use among teens. Indiana and Illinois SADD adopted the program, and the SADD national office named it a core SADD national program in 2015.

In 2018 and 2019, SADD chapters in Louisiana, Ohio and Tennessee tested and modified Rock the Belt activities for middle school audiences. So, what’s new in this version of Rock the Belt?

·       More activities for middle school audiences

·       New social media messaging and graphics for tweens, teens and parents on the importance of seat belt use

·       New seat belt observation forms

·       New seat belt quick quiz to measure student knowledge

·       New program evaluation forms for students, parents and administrators