Florida Governor Declares "Florida Teen Driver Safety Week"

By: Angela Salerno Email
By: Angela Salerno Email

Teenagers driving with reckless abandon, it's a problem across the nation.

"I lost two family members in car accidents", said Bud Simpson.

Padric Scott said, "My friends brother died in a crash around here."

These Lincoln Trojans remember their loved ones who were killed in car accidents.

They're certainly not alone, Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle reports show more than 37,000 teens were involved in a traffic crash last year.

Florida's Governor is stepping up to curb this trend, declaring this week "Florida Teen Driver Safety Week".

Reports show inexperience and immaturity combined with a list of other distractions contribute to car accidents.

Bud Simpson who is a teen driver said, "It's a matter of life and death, when you get in the car and don't put on your seat belt or pick up your phone and start texting while eating a hamburger, it's such a bad idea."

So, this campaign is aimed at changing teens behavior and driving habits.

"Everyday we are working very hard to make sure teens understand how important safety is in the car", said Martha Bunch, Principal at Lincoln High.

"You have to realize your life is at stake, one simple mistake could be the end so why take chances, you can just drive safely, just cut out all chances of risk", said Padric Scott who is a teen driver.

Because odds aren't on their side, reports show teens are the demographic "most likely" to get in an accident.

The biggest reason for teen driver deaths: not wearing a seat belt.

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