Kean University in partnership with the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety developed Share the Keys, a research based, data-driven orientation designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.
Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws are recognized as the single most effective tool for reducing teen driver crashes, injuries and deaths. While New Jersey’s GDL is considered one of the most progressive and stringent in the United States, it must be clearly understood and supported by parents to save lives. To that end, ensuring that parents and teens fully understand the risks and responsibilities associated with driving is essential to teen driver safety.
Parental involvement has a significant impact on teen driver safety. Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look, a research report from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and State Farm, examined the impact parenting styles had on teen driver safety and found that teens whose parents set rules and pay attention to their driving activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be involved in a crash. The report presents the numerous safety gains experienced through this balanced parenting approach (authoritative) and provides a series of best practices.
The Cranford Police Traffic Bureau presents the “Share the Keys” program annually. If interested in attending, reach out to us to find the next available date.