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MULTITASKING TEEN DRIVERS
A recently conducted national survey found that
teens talk on cell phones, speed, sing and even dance
while driving. This is a major problem, but
unfortunately comes as no surprise. What can be nothing
more than having some fun, can often become a
life-or-death decision while driving.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm
Insurance Co. surveyed a total of 5,600 high
school students. They were alarmed by the amazingly high
number of kids that said their peers are multitasking in
unsafe ways when behind the wheel. 49% of those surveyed
said peers will drive after drinking alcohol, while 54%
play handheld games and/or send text messages and 80%
sing and dance.
What's more, 95% said that they have witnessed peers
riding with passengers acting wildly by dancing, singing
or just bouncing around. 90% reported seeing teen
drivers speeding recklessly.
The national fatality rate for teen drivers is
approximately four times higher than the rates for
drivers between the ages of 25 to 69, he said. In
Philadelphia, the state where the survey was conducted,
193 people between the ages of 16 and 20 died in crashes
in 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic
AAA preparing to release a PowerPoint presentation for
parents on the 10 deadliest driving mistakes for teens
and how to avoid them.
Most of these mistakes are a result of inexperience and
bad vehicle control, not wearing seatbelts, having
unruly passengers, messing with radio knobs, Those
mistakes, born of inexperience and poor car control or
training, include not wearing a seat belt, taking risks
and overall poor judgment.
Awareness has to be raised no matter how good of a
driver a teenager thinks they are. The bottom line is
that teens are inexperienced and need to be taught
safety before its too late.