Two months ago, 17-year-old Adam London died in a single-vehicle car accident just a few blocks from his home in Newton, Massachusetts. The teen driver reportedly lost control of his vehicle and was not wearing his seat belt when he crashed into a tree.
In response to the tragic car crash, London’s family has created “Adam’s Promise,” a campaign aimed at raising awareness about safer driving habits. They’re also traveling around to schools, spreading awareness about the importance of safe driving. Hundreds of students and adults have signed the pledge, honoring London’s memory and vowing not to engage in risky behaviors on the road. Those interested in signing the pledge can do so at www.apromisetoadam.org.
In Massachusetts, several dozen teen drivers die in traffic accidents each year. Nationwide, junior operators account for 13% of motor vehicle crash deaths and 10% of the population. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that the economic cost of police-reported crashes for drivers ages 15-20 was $40.8 billion in 2002.
Source: Family of Newton teen killed in car crash to share his story in Brookline, Wicked Local Newton, October 27, 2010
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