The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release on their efforts to focus on reducing teen distracted driving across the state. Since motor vehicle crashes are still the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S., officials with the CHP are hoping to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Together with Impact Teen Drivers (ITD), the CHP is currently working on a yearlong program to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal crashes involving distracted teen drivers in California.

Teen Distracted Drivers Education and Enforcement

CHP and ITD received a grant to visit schools and other community events for the next year to educate teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Additionally, the grant will also provide for additional enforcement efforts. The Teen Distracted Drivers Education and Enforcement grant has both educational and enforcement components. The CHP’s hopes to communicate their important message to teens: focus on the road ahead and get where you are going safely. Nothing is more important than getting safely to your destination. A text or phone call can wait. Nothing on your phone is worth putting your life or the lives of others in jeopardy.

U.S. Teen Distracted Driver Crash Statistics

  • In 2016, nine percent of drivers age 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of fatal collisions.
  • Hand-held cell phone use while driving is highest among the 15 to 29-year-old age group.

Car Accidents Involving Distracted Teen Drivers

The CHP is quick to point out that cell phones aren’t the only type of distraction in a teen’s vehicle. Peer passengers, radios, food and grooming devices can also be forms of distraction behind the wheel. Drivers, no matter what their age or experience level behind the wheel, should avoid all forms of distraction and focus on getting to where they’re going safely.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a distracted teen driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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