“Too many young people are driving without their seat belts, under the influence, or with cell phones in hand,” says National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland.

He has the numbers to back up the statement: “16-to-20-year olds are twice as likely to be killed in a crash involving alcohol, two and a half times more likely to die while driving or riding unbuckled, and three times as likely as the average American to die in a speed-related crash.” Strickland presented the information in recent Fast Lane blog post.

Utah citizens have been touched by tragedy recently — just check the news to see stories about teen drivers involved in serious or fatal crashes. Parents of teens, teachers and teen drivers need to find ways to encourage teens to make safe driving choices and citizens need to support effective public policy changes.

NHTSA advocates a “a diversified safety approach that supports good laws, strong enforcement, education, and parental involvement to reduce the number of young driver fatalities on our roadways.”

The State of Utah is following suit with its own programs. Zero Fatalities is actively involved in teaching the dangers of inattentive driving in Utah schools with presentations in drivers education classes. The presentations address four areas: drowsy, distracted, impaired, and aggressive driving and not buckling up.

Now through January 1, one blog post per week with emphasize safe driving. Check back to read tips and get resources for helping the teens in your life make safe driving choices.

2 thoughts on “INATTENTIVE TEENS”

  1. Diana FitzPatrick

    This is such a serious issue for everyone. Social media is king right now and the “need” to keep up with all of our friends and family is so strong and with smart phones it is so easy.
    How would you feel if you texted someone you know that texts and drives and yours was the last text they ever answered?
    None of us would close our eyes for 3 seconds while driving, however when you text that is exactly what you are doing.
    We must fight the urge to answer that text, perhaps remove audio that tells when a text has arrived. Finally use a blue tooth device while driving and accept only calls.

  2. Catherine Higgins

    I tend to think that even blue-tooth is too distracting. The best approach is to turn off all devices, or put the phone out of reach, and get calls, messages or texts when you arrive. It’s safer that way for you, your passengers and other road users! Thanks so much for your comment.

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