Drunk driving, using a cell phone or texting while driving, are just some of the ways motorists become distracted. Safety experts on Monday called the problem an epidemic.
They urged states to pass stronger laws to reduce these distractions. Two parents, who lost children to deadly traffic accidents spoke, on Monday in support.
"It is time to help all of our children make better choices based on good judgment," says Susan Vavala from Delaware.
"Their basic immaturity and a false sense of invincibility is all too often a deadly combination behind the wheel," says Marge Lee from New York.
The group Advocates For Auto and Highway Safety ranked California laws among the top in the nation for protecting teenage drivers.