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California Public Safety Officials Calling for Awareness During Teen Driver Safety Week

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and local law enforcement officers are joining forces to promote National Teen Driver Safety Week. The public awareness campaign takes place October 20-26, 2013.

As San Diego injury attorneys, we strongly support the effort. Motor vehicle accidents are still the leading killer of teens in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic crashes killed 535 California young adults in 2011 alone. The figure is comparable to the capacity of a 747 Jumbo Jet.

To help deter these tragic accidents, public safety officials are targeting a number of reckless teen driving behaviors, including speeding, alcohol impairment, and distracted driving. While drunk driving among teens is down, speeding was a factor in more than half of fatal crashes involving teen drivers. In addition, more than 13 percent of young driver involved in car accident admitted to texting or talking on their cell phones prior to impact.

“Driving is one of the single most dangerous skills a teenager will learn while growing up,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Together with Impact Teen Drivers and OTS, the CHP is working to better prepare teens for the challenges they will face on the road and the responsibility that comes with a driver license.”