AAA: Distractions and drinking fuel teen driver crashes

AAA: Distractions and drinking fuel teen driver crashes

AAA spokeswoman Charlene Slighting-Yorke says, We're able to educate the teens that actually their passengers are the distraction, and kind of empower them to say, 'Hey, stop doing that.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 - 18 nationally.

It's going to take a collaborative effort to save the lives of teen drivers and their passengers.

State Farm officials say the rate of teens involved in deadly crashes in IL has dropped 45 percent; only 132 teens were involved in 2015, compared to 239 in 2005.

"This week is dedicated to focusing attention on setting rules for your teen driver before allowing them to get behind the wheel", said CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley. "Parents have more influence on their teens' driving habits than they think". The most important thing you can do for your new teen driver is to stay involved in their driving life.

Although distracted driving is risky for any driver, Nasworthy says it appears to be a bigger problem for teens and the distraction doesn't always involve cell phones.

The company says parents play a big role in teaching their teens to avoid texting and driving, speeding and by wearing a seatbelt.

Nationally, more than 3,500 teens were killed in auto crashes a year ago.

That initiative challenged high school students and youth groups to pledge to be safer, focused drivers by not using their cellphones while behind the wheel and encouraging others to do the same.

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