Franklin County 4-H CARTEENS is a traffic safety program conducted by 4-H teen leaders and their program partners for juvenile traffic offenders. 4-H CARTEENS goals include: reducing the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders, decreasing the number of teen traffic offenders, and increasing teen awareness of traffic/vehicular safety.
About 4-H CARTEENS
Ohio 4-H CARTEENS has proven to be a valuable tool in educating Ohio’s teen drivers and saving lives on Ohio roads. In addition, communities are strengthened by bringing together teens and adults representing local agencies and organizations that are working to address this need. Teens also gain leadership, public speaking, and organizational skills. Data collected from 4-H CARTEENS participants indicate a significant reduction in second-time traffic offenses, increased use of safety belts, reduced drinking and driving, and an increased use of caution when driving. More than 80 percent of the participants in a recent survey said they planned to use more caution when driving and will increase their use of seat belts.
Why is CARTEENS Important? - Facts About Teen Driving
- In 2008, 81 teen drivers, 43 teen passengers, and 7 teen pedestrians were killed in fatal car crashes in Ohio.
- Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death among American teens.
- Ohio teen drivers were involved in more traffic crashes than any other age group in 2008.
- Teen drivers were involved in 189 fatal crashes, 20,101 injury traffic crashes, and 54,067 property damage crashes in Ohio in 2008. Most of these accidents were caused by driver error.
- Lack of driving experience is the most significant factor in the high number of teen crashes.
39.6% of the teens killed in Ohio traffic accidents
in 2008 were wearing seatbelts at the time of