National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26, 2019, and the Long Beach Police Department (L.B.P.D.) is asking parents and guardians to take the time to discuss with their teen the rules of the road intended to keep them safe.
Driving remains the most dangerous activity for teens. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18-years-old. In 2017, 2,247 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver (15 to 18-years-old), according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“Like anything new, it takes practice and experience to be a good driver,” said LBPD Traffic Lieutenant Kris Klein. “Teen drivers are also more likely to take risks and pick up bad habits behind the wheel, which is why it is important for parents to be involved and take steps to ensure their teen is staying safe on the road.”
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), six out of every 10 crashes involving teens were caused by driver distraction.
LBPD offers tips to parents and guardians about starting conversations about safe driving with teens, and the responsibilities that come with being a licensed driver:
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.