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Dangers of teen driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of bad driving among teens.

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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of bad driving among teens.

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A 2015 study by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the most recent study available, said nearly 400,00 people were injured by distracted driving and 3,500 were killed that year.  Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 2,333 teens ages 16-19 were killed in the United States in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens ages 15-19.

Joel Bell, the School Resource Officer at South Mountain High School, believes the primary cause of accidents among teens is distracted driving.

“Distracted driving, whether that’s texting or obviously like playing with the radio or talking to friends … in a different seat or something … that’s distracted driving,” Bell said.

Dajaune Scott, a parent of a teen driver in Phoenix, Arizona, said, “I’m worried that my teen isn’t adequately prepared for some of the crazy people driving and the dangers out on the road.”

Parents all across the country share these concerns for their teen drivers.

It is very important that you give 100% of your attention to the road at all times, because you are not only driving for yourself but you for everyone around you. And any simple mistake can have disastrous consequences.

 

 

 

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