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

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

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Officer Nelson with the RCPD says they typically see teen drivers easily distracted while on the road as well as speeding.

"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.

The Bakersfield Police Department does have programs put in place to help keep teen drivers as safe as possible when they're behind the wheel.

One of the top priorities to talk to your teen about should be buckling up every time, in every seat. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and National Safety Council (NSC) research, more USA teens are killed by vehicle crashes than anything else and they're three times more likely to be involved in a crash compared to a more experience driver. All the Time. Distractions while driving are more than just risky-they can be deadly. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault. 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.

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This week is Teen Driver Safety Week and the focus aims to inform parents of the alarming statistics. Despite not being legally allowed to buy alcohol, nearly one out of five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, according to 2015 data from the NHTSA. At the heart of the campaign is an interactive website that highlights the dangers and penalties for talking or texting while driving and promotes a forum for citizens to share their own experiences and thoughts about this irresponsible behavior. In the last five years, there has been a total of 89,029 teen driver crashes in Alabama with almost 200 teen driver deaths and more than 11,500 injuries. Parents and guardians must set firm driving rules to impact their teen's driving behavior.

The Goleta PD is aware of the importance of role models in a youth's development.

Stick to the speed limit. By a huge margin, teen drivers rate their personal devices as the number one source of distraction behind the wheel, ahead of eating or drinking, friends, family, music and navigation. However, with all of these activities, teens tend to compromise something very important: sleep. 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.

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

In observation of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Michelin is teaming up with NFL great Emmitt Smith to encourage much-needed dialogue between parents and their teen drivers.

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