Teen Car Accidents

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An outrageous number of teens are killed each year in car accidents. Children in our communities are dying left and right from driving accidents because we 're not taking the correct course of action to help them. The amount of effort it takes to protect your young loved one from car accidents is not a huge undertaking and is worthwhile. Parents have to take most of this blame because they 're the ones that should be teaching their teens how to drive responsibly and being a good example on the road. Despite major efforts, teen deaths from car accidents remain to be a problem in today 's society. However, the issue could be dramatically reduced through more strict laws, also laws regarding when and where teens can drive, parents being more strict …show more content…
According to, Teen Drivers: Get the Facts, “In 2013, 2,163 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. That means that six teensagers ages 16–19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries” (1). All states offer some form of driver 's education, but many families can 't afford it and/or for the cost many people don 't see the value. For instance Indiana and Karns city school district is raising prices, "It 's a really steep increase that might make it too much for some parents to afford," Bowser said.”, “The ARIN Intermediate Unit in Indiana and Karns City School District, for instance, each charge $200 per student for the six-hour training sessions.” (“Armstrong pumps up cost of driver 's ed" 1). This is an outrageous cost for drivers education. This makes drivers education fall short because many people don 't take it for cost reasons. It is imperative that new drivers get an appropriate level of practice so that they do not cause injury to themselves and others. Also, to help the safety efforts, cops are cracking down on texting while driving. This is mostly a teen problem because they are the ones that are more bound to their phones and social media. The article, Minnesota Cops Cracking down on Texting While …show more content…
From personal experience from riding in the car with teens, I think one of the better solutions is making the laws more strict regarding passenger seat belt use while a teen is driving. If a teenager is driving, all passengers have to have seat belts on. Even if they’re 50 years old sitting in the third row seats. If someone isn’t wearing their seatbelt then the teen driver gets his/her license suspended for 6 months. In the case of a second offense, then it will be suspended for 1 year. Seats belts play a crucial role in safety while driving. According to Roeber, Danielle E., “Seat belts are the number one defense against motor vehicle injuries and fatalities” (1). If they’re the number one defense we have to enforce them more! Also, the article, “Why Teens Still Aren 't Wearing Seat Belts” states, “According to a recent study from Safe Kids Worldwide, half of all teens killed in car crashes in 2012 were not wearing seat belts” (1). Again, the number one defense is only being used 50% of the time! This is a serious problem and making the laws more strict will help it. Changes to the seat belt, from the help of technology and laws that have been passed, have aided to the decrease of the number of deaths in car accidents. It states in the article Teen Drivers: Get the Facts, “Laws, education, and technology have increased seat belt use from 11% in 1981 to nearly 85% in 2010, saving

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