Early Tuesday morning, 19-year-old Mississippi native Austin Dixon was killed in a head-on collision involving a prison bus in East Feliciana Parish. This week parents are encouraged to talk about the importance of driving safely.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is observed from October 20th through 26th.
According to TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the United States.
In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver – a 3% decrease from 2016.
Some rules for the road include always buckle up, never drive impaired, obey all speed limits especially school zones and to your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Distracted driving is also an issue on the road and research has found that dialing a phone number while driving increases your teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times.