Resolution Supporting Legislative Policies to Increase Safe Driving
Practices Among Teenagers

February 22, 2005

Whereas, traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury and death
among teenagers; and

Whereas, inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk from
distractions while driving; and

Whereas, the National Transportation Safety Board and other safety
organizations suggest that certain restrictions on the driving
privileges of teenagers would lessen the incidence of teen driving
accidents;

Now, therefore be it resolved that the Montgomery County Council of
Parent Teacher Associations supports legislation in the Maryland State
Legislature that would

1.  increase the number of required supervised driving hours for drivers
in the instructional phase from 40 hours to 60 hours;

2.  prohibit non-emergency cell phone use when a vehicle is in motion
for drivers 18 years or younger and provisional licensed drivers; and

3.  prohibit drivers aged 18 or younger and provisional licensed drivers
from transporting a non-family teenaged passenger during the first six
months of the 18 month provisional period.

 

Resolution Requesting the Board of Education to Investigate Providing
More Transportation for After-School Activities

February 22, 2005

Whereas, traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury and death
among teenagers; and

Whereas, inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk from
distractions created by multiple teen passengers while driving; and

Whereas, one common reason for teens driving with multiple teen
passengers is to provide carpooling to and home from after-school
activities, such as off-site athletic practices and tournaments,

Now, therefore be it resolved that the Montgomery County Council of
Parent Teacher Associations requests that the Board of Education
investigate avenues to provide for more transportation to and from
after-school activities.

Resolution Requesting More Driver Safety-Related Education
in Montgomery County Public Schools

Whereas, traffic accidents are the leading cause of injury and death
among teenagers; and

Whereas excessive speed has been found to be a major factor in teen
driving accidents; and

Whereas cell phone use and other multi-tasking activities while driving
have also been found to contribute to driving accidents; and

Whereas drivers' education is no longer offered in Montgomery Public
Schools, but the high school health curriculum includes a section on
driving under the influence of alcohol and other illegal substances;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Montgomery county Council of
Parent Teacher Associations requests that the Board of Education
investigate the feasibility of providing additional driver safety
education in required curriculum, including but not limited to the
physics of stopping distance and vehicle control at high speeds; the
consequences of distractions from cell phones, radios, and other
passengers; and the effects of alcohol and other substances on
decision making and reaction times.