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Teens encouraged to stay focused during National Teen Driver Safety Week

Teens encouraged to stay focused during National Teen Driver Safety Week./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

National Teen Driver Safety Week is this week, and police are encouraging teens to put down or turn off anything that can distract them when they’re behind the wheel.

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens. Reports show six teens die every day because of an accident.

Every year, a new set of kids turns 16, which means they’re getting their licenses.

Teens are becoming easily distracted with other kids in the car, social media, texts, and GPS. Many of the newer cars have the touch screen system for changing the radio and doing other things becoming another main distraction.

Parents are encouraged to teach their kids the danger their child can be in if they’re distracted while driving.

“If you teach a driver at a younger age safer ways to drive, that will evolve as they become older,” Captain Tom Jackson, Dougherty County Police, said. “If you don’t, then bad habits come. Once they’re learned, it’s hard to break a bad habit.”

For iPhone users, when you update your phone to the newest software, there is a new feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving”, which basically stops drivers from getting any kind of notification while driving.

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