Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. To bring awareness to this epidemic and reduce the number of lives lost, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-21.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nationwide in 2015, 1,972 drivers, age 15-18, were involved in fatal collision, resulting in 1,730 teen deaths nationwide. In 2015, in California, 283 teens were behind the wheel at the time of fatal collisions, and 63 percent of those young drivers were at fault.
“This week is dedicated to focusing attention on setting rules for your teen driver before allowing them to get behind the wheel,” said CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Parents and guardians who set firm driving rules can impact their teen’s driving behavior and can be the difference between life and death.”