Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

Law enforcement, safety groups remind teens to stay safe behind the wheel

In order to encourage safe driving among teens, the MVC recently announced a partnership with NJM Insurance Company to promote the award winning Share the Keys program, which is available at no cost to New Jersey high schools. Each state sets parameters throughout a multi-stage licensing process for young drivers, such as times of day they can drive and how many passengers they can carry.

"Cell phone use continues to be a serious and often deadly distraction for all drivers, but it's a significant problem among young, inexperienced drivers", said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Sorry mom and dad, but maybe getting another relative or family friend to teach your teen driver the fundamentals could lead to an overall less stressful and safer experience for everyone. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and National Safety Council (NSC) research, more U.S. teens are killed by auto crashes than anything else and they're three times more likely to be involved in a crash compared to a more experience driver. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. Roughly 60 percent of those fatal accidents involved a teen being distracted while behind the wheel; about a quarter involved teens who had been drinking. According to data analyzed by NHTSA, teen drivers were 2.5 times more likely to engage in one or more potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer, when compared to driving alone.

A nationwide study conducted by the NHTSA showed nearly 2,000 teens were in involved in fatal traffic crashes in 2015.

A group of high school students spent the morning learning about the dangers of distracted driving and that their driving skills might not be as sharp as they thought.

The CHP is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development. All states have instituted stricter guidelines with varying degrees of severity for teen drivers since the 1990s.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teen drivers.

Stick to the speed limit.

Avoid Driving Tired. Teens are busier than ever - studying, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and spending time with friends are among the long list of things they do to fill their time.

The Handbook's defensive plays cover critical maneuvers and practices that drivers need to respond safely to road conditions and other drivers.

This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel.

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