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21 October 2017, 12:13 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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AAA is using this week to encourage parents, educators and teens to discuss the dangers of driving impaired and distracted. "Parents and caregivers are urged to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens to address the most unsafe and deadly teen driving behaviors: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and driving with passengers". "It is important that we equip them with the right knowledge and provide them with the rules that will ensure they stay safe on the road", said New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky. "Teen Driver Safety Week is an ideal opportunity for parents and caregivers to talk to inexperienced drivers about risky behaviors that can lead to fatal consequences behind the wheel, and it is also a good time to talk about the strides the MVC has made towards promoting safe driving among this vulnerable population".

"The extraordinarily high teen crash rates are unacceptable and it is our core mission to save lives", says Charlie Klauer, a research scientist and the leader of the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide in 2015, 1,972 drivers, age 15-18, were involved in fatal collisions. A key part of the instruction focuses on training newly licensed drivers to make better driving decisions. In 2016 alone, more than 3,500 teens lost their lives in fatal vehicle crashes. If you have teenagers, that anxiety can rise even more, especially when they start to drive.

To bring awareness of teen driver safety among teens and parents, top tire manufacturer Michelin has teamed up with football legend -; father of a teen driver -; Emmitt Smith in an educational campaign, "Coaching Your Teen Driver". The latest results from State Farm show that the number of IN teens involved IN fatal auto crashes has gone down 30% between 2005 and 2015.

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The Goleta PD is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development. Distracted driving isn't limited to cell phone use; other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle and eating or drinking while driving are all examples of unsafe distractions for teen drivers. Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit.

THE number of driving deaths among IL teens has dropped by half since the state instituted stricter guidelines for earning a driver's license almost a decade ago. However, with all of these activities, teens tend to compromise something very important: sleep.

Teen Driver Safety Week will help parents focus attention on setting rules for their teen driver before allowing them to get behind the wheel.



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