Take the June Driving Quiz - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/21/04

Take the June Driving Quiz

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True or False: A child's biggest traffic safety lesson comes from watching a parent drive.

The answer is true. DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says, "We know from research and experience that many attitudes about safety are formed at an early age by observation. Kids do what you do. Trooper Dean says the best example you can set is wearing your safety belt.

True or False:State law requires bicyclists to wear helmets.

The answer is false. Trooper Deans say, "Law or not, I'm a real believer in helmets because I've seen plenty of serious injuries and even deaths because kids weren't wearing a helmet." Head injuries account for 75% of all bike fatalities but wearing a helmet can reduce the risk up to 85%.

AAA inspected more than 4,000 automobiles for a recent driving survey. They found nearly half of those vehicles were not ready for the highway. What was the most common problem found on vehicles in the survey?

A. Batteries
B. Tires
C. Faulty Belts and hoses

The answer is B., tires. Trooper Dean says, "Nearly half the vehicles inspected had tire problems, ranging from under inflation to excessive wear. If your tires don't have enough tread, you lose handling ability. Here's a simple way to check them. Put a penny, heads down in the tire tread. If you see the top of Abe Lincoln's tread, your treads are worn and you need a new tire." The experts recommend three steps to insure safe tires, inflate, rotate and evaluate.

True or False:A first offense DWI conviction in Texas can lead to jail time.

The answer is true. Fine of up to $2,000 and the suspension of your drivers's license from anywhere from ninety days to a full year. The penalties and fines increase with each conviction. A second DWI conviction can lead to a year in jail, a $4,000 fine and a two-year driver's license suspension. A third offense carries a $10,000 fine and anywhere from two to ten years in the state penitentiary.

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