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Handing your teen the card keys - are you confident or concerned?Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens, taking about 3,000 young lives every year. That's 8 teen deaths each day that can be prevented. To help teens avoid these deadly crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping parents play a key role in keeping their teens safe on the road.

Through the "Parents Are the Key" campaign, CDC offers parents tools and proven steps for reducing teen driving injuries and deaths. Businesses and other groups can also help keep young drivers safe by spreading campaign message through posters, fact sheets, social media tools, and more.

In fall 2009, CDC conducted a 2-month pilot study of the "Parents Are the Key" campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Columbus, Ohio, with the help of many of the participating organizations listed below and with funding from The Allstate Foundation.

Based on the success of the pilot, CDC has updated the campaign materials, which are now available to individuals and groups across the country.

Participating Organizations

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety*

American Academy of Pediatrics*

Arkansas Department of Health*

Arkansas PTA*

Center for Injury Research and Policy at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital*

Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Franklin County Board of Health*

Franklin County Safe Communities*

Grant Medical Center, Trauma Program*

Heart of Arkansas United Way*

Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital*

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)*

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Prevention Research Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Research)*

National MOST Of Us Institute for Social Norms*

National Safety Council*

National Safety Council, Central Ohio Chapter*

Nationwide Insurance*

Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics*

Ohio Department of Health*

Ohio Department of Public Safety*

Ohio State University Medical Center, Level I Trauma Center*

Riverside Methodist Hospital Trauma Services*

Safety Council of the Ozarks*

Somali Community Access Network: SomaliCAN*

The Allstate Foundation*

Thompson Defensive Driving Systems*

University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Department of Public & Community Health*

YMCA of Central Ohio*

YMCA of Metropolitan Little Rock*

* Organizations noted with an asterisk (*) were involved in the 2009 pilot study.

1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.
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