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

What's not so encouraging, however, is that even though highway fatalities continue to fall nationally, distracted driving remains a potentially deadly problem for both teens and adults. "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".

To help encourage teens and their families to buckle up, the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) has teamed up with the NHTSA and NSC to once again invite teens to the "Seat Belts Save Challenge", which is created to encourage increased seat belt use among teens.

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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. For National Teen Driver Safety Week, Hum by Verizon, commissioned a survey to uncover the impacts technology can have for teen drivers. Almost half wish they'd learned more about how to change a tire (47 percent) or jump-start a battery (44 percent). In crashes involving teen drivers when the driver wasn't buckled, 84 percent of their passengers weren't, either. The CHP has released a mobile application (app) for Start Smart, created to assist young people through the process of obtaining their California driver license.

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.

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"Seventy-five percent of teen fatal vehicle crashes do not involve drugs or alcohol".

Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. "The handbook reinforces key defensive driving plays, such as how to manage tailgaters, drive safely near large trucks, keep a safe following distance and respond to changes in road conditions due to weather or other factors". Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit. Drowsiness can impair your ability to drive just like alcohol. Make sure your teen gets a good night's sleep; their grades, their friends, their passengers, and other drivers will thank them because they'll be a safer driver. "We need parents to set the rules before their teens hit the road", added Martinez.

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Tragically, 22 of those 2017 traffic deaths in the Commonwealth have been teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age.* With this initiative being held during National Teen Driver Safety Week, it's important to highlight the fact that half of all teens will be involved in a auto crash before they graduate from high school.

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