According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Drivers aged 16 to 19 years of age have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group,” and “16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.” This press release mentions the recent release of a website which hopes to combat the increasing amount of teen car accidents and promote safer driving habits. Parents can register online at GoTellMom to receive a bumper sticker with a 4-digit code. Once placed on the teen’s vehicle, the bumper sticker alerts other drivers who witness the teen driving recklessly to call or go online to report an incident, notifying their parents. Research studies have concluded that commercial vehicles which have a “How’s My Driving” sticker report a 20% decrease in accidents and traffic violations. Given these positive results, parents are hoping the website makes their teens more aware of unsafe driving practices in order to protect themselves and others while on the road. Distracted driving and speeding are among the many causes for poor safety while driving.
As a car accident lawyer in Los Angeles, teen driving is an especially critical issue and I value the concerns parents have. If teens think someone is keeping an eye on them while driving, they may be less likely to cause injury to themselves or others.