CHP urges teens to avoid driving distractions

October 18, 2010 5:27:11 PM PDT
This is National Teen Driver Safety Week and the California Highway Patrol wants drivers, especially teen drivers, to keep their eyes on the road and off of their cell phone.

A teenage driver is three times more likely to die in a vehicle accident compared to an adult. Many times, those accidents were caused by a distracted driver either talking or texting on their cell phone.

"So many people text, so many people talk. Everybody thinks they can do it at the same time and it becomes automatic, because we do it how many times talking, texting, driving and nothing ever happens," Christopher Murphy from the Office of Traffic Safety said. "And we get rewarded for that behavior by not getting in a crash. But it just takes one time, one time and your life has changed."

The CHP Says parents need to educate their teens about avoiding reckless and distracted driving habits every opportunity they get.