DPS reminds teens to drive safely this summer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/09

DPS reminds teens to drive safely this summer

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Department of Public Safety is sending out a reminder to teens to play it safe when driving to avoid tickets and accidents.

In the U.S., motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Approximately 6,000 teens per year are killed in traffic crashes in this country.

Teenagers are more likely to be involved in car crashes because of their inexperience behind the wheel, but there are some safety tips to reduce that chance.

Those safety steps include:

  • Do not send text messages while driving! Talking on the cell phone and texting are dangerous distractions when you're behind the wheel.
  • Always use your safety belt, and tell everyone in your vehicle to buckle up.
  • Don't drink or use drugs and drive.
  • Don't speed or race other cars.
  • Exercise caution while driving at night. Darkness can make navigating the road more difficult, especially for inexperienced drivers.

From June through August 2008, the Texas Highway Patrol issued almost 5,000 citations to teens (ages 15-19) for driving under the influence, not wearing safety belts and speeding.

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