CHP’s Life Saving Lessons for Teen Drivers

It’s no secret that distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic in California and across the U.S. It should also come as no surprise that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is actively trying to educate teen drivers and change the current culture of distracted driving across the state. They have joined forces with Impact Teen Drivers in efforts to eliminate distracted and careless driving behaviors in teens.

Teens and Distracted Driving

The CHP has partnered with Impact Teen Drivers to provide thoughtful age-appropriate dialogue to teen drivers about distracted and careless behaviors behind the wheel. Dr. Kelly Browning, Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, has called distracted driving, the “traffic safety challenge of today’s generation.” Although distracted driving is a problem seen with drivers of all ages, inexperienced teen drivers are most at risk for engaging in distracted and reckless behavior behind the wheel, so the importance of tailored educational material can’t be overstated.

Preventable Teen Deaths

In 2012, 42 percent of the teen drivers involved in fatal crashes died as a result of their injuries. Distracted and reckless driving crashes are the number one cause of death in teens across the country. Wrecks that are caused by distracted drivers or reckless driving are also totally preventable, which is why the CHP and other agencies across the U.S. are working so hard to get the word out.

Impact Teen Drivers

In April, we reported on the CHP’s partnership with Impact Teen Drivers. Thanks to funding from a grant from the California office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the CHP is going to be able to offer a variety of educational messages to teens about the importance of distraction-free driving. Additionally, Impact Teen Drivers offers teen drivers innovative workshops and programs to increase roadway safety for themselves and other motorists on the roadway.

Inspiring and Empowering Teens

Ultimately, the safety messages are meant to inspire and empower teens to make a commitment to distraction-free and safe driving practices. Teen drivers need to actively participate to end this deadly epidemic. If a distracted driver has injured you or a loved one, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free case consultation today.

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