Teen drivers urged to be aware of driving dangers: alcohol, seat belts, texting, speeding, extra passengers

This is National Teen Driver Safety week, as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In 2013, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, seat belts, texting, speeding, and extra passengers.

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do. Remember, the “5 to Drive – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.”

In observance of this week, the Kansas Turnpike Authority is sharing the three winning Put the Brakes on Fatalities video entries.

“We wanted to encourage teens to think about safe driving behaviors and we needed their help to create safety messages that resonate with their peers,” said Rachel Bell, KTA communications director. To learn more about the Put the Brakes on Fatalities video contest and view the three videos, visit bit.ly/1OzILgU.

Learn more about the National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign at nhtsa.gov/Teen-Drivers.

Graphic and information thanks to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Kansas Turnpike Authority.

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