VPD promotes National Teen Driver Safety Week

Oct. 16, 2010 at 5:16 a.m.

The Victoria Police Department will focus on promoting safe teen driving this week as a part of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The department will not have extra officers working during the week, but will be focusing on promoting safety during regular enforcement, Sgt. Julian Huerta said.

The week runs from Sunday to Saturday.

"Teens can help friends who are driving by keeping distractions to a minimum, helping with directions when asked and wearing seatbelts," he said.

Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among 13- to 19-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eighteen percent of 15- to 19-year-olds involved in fatal crashes were distracted while driving.

Adding just one passenger to a car doubles the fatal crash risk for a teen driver, according to the NHTSA.

"We encourage teens to use positive peer pressure to persuade each other to buckle up, given that teens have the lowest seat belt use of any age group," Huerta said.

For more information about teen driving safety, go to www.raisingsafedrivers.com.



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