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TEEN DRIVING: Parents Are Key To Safety

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A new safety campaign is urging parents to be the driving force behind teen driving safety.

The campaign is from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It’s called 5 to Drive.

The head of the agency is pushing parents to talk to their teen drivers and insist on five key safety points. They are: no cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and always wearing a seatbelt.

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of 14 to 18 year olds in the U.S.

“The teen’s first six months behind the wheel are the most hazardous for the young driver. They’re too inexperienced and in their own minds too indestructible to take safe driving seriously unless parents law down the law,” says David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.

Experts say a recent study shows only 25-percent of parents reported discussing driver safety with their child.

Parents can find more information on 5 to Drive here.