BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, and according to the CDC, car crashes are still the number one cause of death for teenagers across the United States.

Louisiana State Police (LSP) say parents hold the keys to Safe Teen Driving.

When a teenager is initially introduced to driving, the moment they get behind the wheel is exciting. But being a driver also comes with a host of responsibilities.

For one, drivers must ensure that everyone in a vehicle is properly restrained.

Ross Brennan, Louisiana State Police, Public Information Officer for Troop added a second piece of advice, saying, “Definitely make sure that you’re maintaining the speed limit.”

In 2021, Louisiana’s number of car crashes involving teenagers rose.

Brennan said of 2021’s statistics, “Nine teens were killed behind the wheel that had alcohol in their system. That was 113 that were injured. They also had alcohol in their system.”

Brennan added that if any substance makes you feel different, that means you’ll drive differently. But driving under the influence is not the only issue State Police are seeing.

“Everybody knows texting and driving is illegal in, say, Louisiana,” he said. “But it’s not just texting, it’s also social media. Studies have shown that the more passengers that you have inside the vehicle, the more chances of you getting involved in the crash.”

Brennan suggested that parents step in, saying, “Lay down some guidelines. Lay down some rules. This is your curfew. This is what time you need to be home by. All crashes are preventable. We can all do our part to help prevent these crashes from occurring.”

Click here for more information on Louisiana’s teen driving laws.