U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) encourages everyone to observe National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 19-25, and help prevent teen car crashes.

In 2007, Rep. Dent, along with U.S. Senator Robert Casey, introduced the resolution in Congress to designate the third week of October National Teen Driver Safety Week. The week encourages parents, young drivers, lawmakers and schools to work together to change risky driving behaviors and help save lives.

“In the Lehigh Valley across the five year period from 2001 to 2005 there were 13,301 total vehicle crashes involving teens and novice drivers, resulting in 65 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries,” Congressman Dent said. “It’s always an appropriate time for parents, teachers and mentors to help young people adopt safe and responsible driving habits.”

For more information, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: www.nhtsa.gov.