“Teenagers tend to think they’re invincible and can multitask while driving,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow in a statement. “In reality, they’re inexperienced when it comes to driving and they need to recognize the responsibility and the risks associated with the privilege.” The CHP is holding a variety of classes offered to teens for Teen Safe Driving Week.
Between 2005 and 2008, drivers aged 15-19 weer in over 20,000 crashes resulting from inattention. 41% of those resulted in injury or death. “Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roads, and teens are especially vulnerable because of their inexperience behind the wheel and, often, peer pressure,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
According to news reports, the California Highway Patrol said 190 cell phone violations were issued to drivers 18 and under last year. Officers host several events as part of the safe driving week and throughout the year which promote safe teen driving, such as Start Smart classes and “Every 15 Minutes” programs about drunk driving. As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I’m glad that the CHP is making efforts to combat unsafe teen driving. If you or a loved one were harmed in an auto accident resulting from negligent driving, discuss your case with a car accident lawyer who can assess your claim.