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April 15, 2013

Making Teenage Drivers More Responsible

 Teenage driving has been considered bad. Throughout the years, you have been witness to the fluctuating number of incidences and cases of crashes brought about by vehicles driven by teenagers. Now imagine how more dangerous the situation can get with drunk teenagers behind the wheel of automobiles.

Just recently, a Los Angeles-based family of seven has lost a couple of their family members as a speeding Dodge Durango rammed behind the family’s Chevy Astro from behind. The impact of the collision was just too much that five people from the van that were not wearing their seatbelts got ejected from their seats. Four of them immediately died after suffering from severe trauma. One of the passengers inside the van also died while two others was sent to the hospital for treatment.

According to the investigation, the Durango rammed the van of the family is being driven by an 18-year-old driver who is also believed to have been driving under the influence. This have caused caused the two vehicles to rollover near the Utah state line of Interstate 15. Police said that they have found beer bottles inside the Durango. However, the result of the blood-alcohol test conducted is yet to be released after a couple of weeks.

Stopping teenage driving
The federal and various state governments have time and again been reminding people of the dangers that teenage driving and worse, drunk driving brings. The government, through the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as various state law enforcement agencies has been coming up with programs to help prevent drunk and teenage driving.

“Every 15 minutes”
Just recently, local authorities in Orange County conducted an exercise called “Every 15 minutes” was conducted in Westminster High. The event aims to explain and how students and generally teenagers the dangers of drunk driving. According to a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, programs like these will have a great effect on children as they will have a better understanding of the responsibilities of driving. Moreover, they will be educated about the serious effects of drunk driving not just to them, but also to others whom they are sharing the road with.

Teenage Driving need not be dangerous. With the proper education, the right attitude, and discipline, teenagers can go and enjoy the joys of driving without endangering others on the road.

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