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.

©2009 KCBD NewsChannel 11. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-09-23 18:46:38 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:59:48 GMT

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

    It's a show of American military might to North Korea _ the United States says it flew bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.

  • South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

    South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:56 AM EDT2017-09-23 09:56:13 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 4:49 PM EDT2017-09-23 20:49:26 GMT

    South Korea's weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

    South Korea's weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

  • Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-09-23 13:39:00 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:59:06 GMT

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

Powered by Frankly