Sheriffs Telling Our
Parents & Promoting Educated
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
from the National Safety Council
Motor vehicle crashes are the number
one cause of death for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.
16- to 24-year-old drivers only make
up 14% of all drivers, yet they are involved in 28% of all collisions.
Young drivers are involved in fatal
traffic crashes at over twice the rate of the rest of the population.
More than 11,000 people aged 15 to 24
were killed in crashes in 2002, and 5,940 of those were drivers and
passengers in vehicles operated by drivers ages 16 to 20.
In St. Mary's County, young drivers
represent 14% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 15% of all
drivers involved in personal injury automobile accidents.
Clearly, additional intervention is needed in securing the safety of all
motor vehicle operators as well as securing our children's future.
In response to
these alarming statistics, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office
Implemented the STOPPED Program, a voluntary parental notification
system used to reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor
voluntarily register, with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office,
any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age
identification decal is mailed to your address and affixed to the upper left side
of the windshield of each registered vehicle.
If, for any
reason, the registered vehicle, when operated by a driver under
the age of 18, is stopped by Sheriff's deputies, the officer will
complete a notification card providing the following information:
- Time and
location of stop
- Driver's name and number of passengers
- Reason for the stop
- Whether any traffic tickets were issued
are e-mailed directly to parents to make them aware of potential
problems, enabling them to enforce any parental rules that often
coexist with teenage driving privileges.
The Sheriff's Office offers parents this voluntary notification system
to extend their watchful eyes and raise the awareness of drivers under
the age of 18. This program provides young drivers with a visible
reminder of parental supervision and provides parents with the means of
correcting behavior before it is too late.
For questions regarding
the STOPPED Program, call (301) 475-8008.
For a registration form, click here.
If you would like to find out more, you can read about and
purchase the booklet entitled
Teen Driver: A Family
Guide to Teen Driver Safety
by clicking on the