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Spotlight on Youth Leadership Team from Indiana

Fifteen Youth Leadership Teams and ten Peer Mentors are currently planning the 2014 National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit, and you are invited to attend! Summit participants learn how to engage their peers, parents, and policymakers around the dangers of distracted driving.

We are currently in the process of featuring the 2014 Youth Leadership Teams and their mentors. The fifth team we are highlighting is from Elwood, Indiana. You can learn more about the Summit and get to know all the teams here.

Team Number Five:
Derek Sims & Macee Sandefur

Elwood Sr. High School & Frankton High School
Elwood, IN

Derek is a junior at Elwood Sr. High School and has been involved with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) since his freshman year. He currently serves on the SADD school, county, and state boards. Macee is a senior at Frankton High School, is president of her school's SADD chapter, and also serves on the SADD county and state boards. Derek and Macee were inspired to host their own local summit after a friend was involved in a crash caused by distracted driving in June 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of Derek and Macee in Indiana, contact NOYS.

Patrick-Stepp.gif Mentored by: Patrick Stepp
Indiana Wesleyan University
Student of the Year Emeritus, SADD
Marion, IN

Patrick is the SADD Student of the Year Emeritus and represents SADD at the state level. He attends Indiana Wesleyan University where he studies Athletic Training. Patrick interned for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in summer 2014 and has been actively involved in NOYS activities and events for several years.

Check out all of our 2014-2015 Peer Mentors here.

Register for Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit

Car crashes are the #1 killer of youth in the United States. What are we doing about that?

Join us for the 2014 Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit and find out! Registration is now open. The Summit will take place at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Teen leaders from nearly 20 states will gather to learn how to engage their peers, parents, and policymakers in education about distracted driving among teens. Led by teen mentors who have successfully planned summits at the state level, the event is created by and hosted for inspired youth looking to be a catalyst for change. The summit is supported by the nation's leading experts in the field of traffic safety.

Registration Options:

  1. Youth & Advisor Participant Registration: Training Days & Summit (Oct. 18-21)
  2. Individual Participant Registration for Summit Day Only (Oct. 20)
  3. Exhibitor Registration
Questions about the Summit? Contact NOYS at 571-367-7171 or

Driver Distraction Research 

The Journal of Adolescent Health has released a new report, "Driver Distraction: A Perennial but Preventable Public Health Threat to Adolescents."

Report on Effective Teen Seat Belt Programs

More than half of teen drivers killed in 2012 were not wearing seat belts. A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) and The Allstate Foundation highlights effective teen seat belt programs in 12 states and examines the important components of each program. Read the full report: Getting It To Click! Connecting Teens and Seat Belts.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety  

NHTSA's new digital Bicycle Motion Graphics rely solely on non-verbal concepts, visual images, and animation to teach people who speak different languages and/or may be hearing impaired, basic bicycle safety concepts that include fitting a bike helmet, avoiding road hazards, and knowing the rules of the road.

Making NOYS for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety

NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Resources

NHTSA Bicyclist Safety Resources


Global Youth Traffic Safety Month: 196 countries, billions of people, one goal - U.S. Dept of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation announces Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

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