This week is officially National Teen Driver Safety Week!
Now, before you think to yourself, “How many more of these random ‘holidays’ can there possibly be in one calendar year,” consider this: 1 in 4 crash fatalities in the US involves someone between the ages of 16 and 24. Nothing —not drugs, not sex, not rock n’ roll—kills more teens than driving, and the risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional peer passenger in the car. This time of year the number of accidents goes up even higher because of things like homecoming. Take a look at these Teen Driving Safety Tips for ideas on raising safe young drivers.
In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety week, we’re making our YA novel Alicia Afterimage available as a free e-book through Dec. 1 on Scribd. Author Lulu Delacre wrote Alicia Afterimage after her 16-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident in 2004. This is our first foray into the wild world of e-books so it’ll be interesting to see how people take to it. Read it, share it, let us know what you think!
You can also see some great video interview footage of Lulu Delacre here, where she talks in both English and Spanish about writing the book and teen grief, and reads some excerpts as well.