16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving.
Motor-vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States.
Compared with urban residents, rural residents are at an increased risk for death from crashes and are less likely to wear seat belts.
Teens work to educate adults and youth about traffic safety and support enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. Youth leaders can help families promote basic safety attitudes that can last a lifetime. FACTS gives teens the knowledge and incentives they need to build an understanding of what it means to drive safely, both today and in the future. Through this program, young people plan and carry out projects that help them and their peers make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.
FACTS projects relate to three topic areas: people, vehicles, and roads – to understand and promote your role as a driver or passenger on the road as well as the hazards you may encounter and how to avoid or react to them with vehicle safety. FCCLA also offers national recognition to chapters that complete FCCLA FACTS projects; this honor includes cash awards and special recognition at the National Leadership Conference, online, and in Teen Times magazine.
Through working closely with FACTS, or Families, Acting, for Community, Traffic, Safety I have developed both basic and in-depth knowledge about not only traffic safety but life lessons on teamwork, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and career preparation.
Best of luck on your FACTS Projects everyone!!
Minnesota FCCLA VP of Service