Teen Driver Safety Week: Don’t touch that phone
8 percent of the total daily car crashes in Florida involve teen drivers.
Every day, on average, there are more than 700 traffic crashes on Florida roadways, according to the crash facts report by the Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. About 8 percent of those crashes involve teen drivers.
Drivers between the ages of 15-19 naturally have less experience. But teen drivers also tend to think they are experts at multitasking, which is an incredibly dumb thing to believe while driving.
The National Highway Safety Administration has a “5 to Drive” campaign that provides parents with reminders of rules of the road ripe for frequent reinforcement:
- No cell phones.
- No extra passengers.
- Don’t speed.
- No alcohol.
- Wear seat belts.
Pretty simple stuff, right? Betcha can hear a teenager whining somewhere in the sunshine as his/her parent ticks off these 5 reminders each time they hit the road. Whining is easy on the ears if it means safety is being stressed. The first years of driving are risky, and safety tips are lifesavers.
A look at injury data from 2012 (the latest available) shows that while injuries among male teen drivers were only slightly higher than female teens, the fatality rate among teen males was more than twice as high. Boys will be boys, as the saying goes, and are more inclined to want to show off fast cars and fancy driving. Just stop it, fellas. The real way to impress the girls is to show up when you say you will — safely.