Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office offers safety tips on National Teen Drivers Safety Week

The U.S. Department of Transportation is observing National Teen Driver Safety Week. It started Monday and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15-18 in the U.S. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Sheriff Matthew Schultz says he hasn’t responded to any recent accidents involving teen drivers lately, but stresses that teen safety behind the wheel is something that should be taught year round.

“I think your top priorities for remaining safe are to watch your speed and to obey all traffic laws when you’re out,” Schultz said. “Don’t drive recklessly when you’re out there. Don’t do things to make yourself look cool that otherwise look stupid. Put your phones down when you’re driving. Don’t text when you drive.”

Schultz said texting and driving along with careless driving are the two most common trends he sees in traffic stops involving teenagers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,972 teen drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.

An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in that same year.

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