5 to Drive Rules Help Prevent Halloween-Related Teen Car Accident
“5 to Drive” National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16th – 22nd) is the perfect time to talk to your teen about safe driving habits and Arizona teen driver laws. Especially, with all the distractions that go along with Halloween just around the corner. Costumed characters on streets and in parking lots, parties and other nighttime activities increase the odds of a teen car accident.
Of course anyone can be involved in a car accident, but teens are at particular risk. In 2013 alone, 2,163 U.S. teens age 16-19 were killed in vehicle accidents. Another 243,243 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries that were the result of a motor vehicle crash.
At Lerner and Rowe, our Yuma personal in jury attorneys have experience representing car accidents caused by inexperienced or dangerous teen drivers. In an effort to encourage teens to be smarter and proactive drivers, we’re sharing NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” rules.
“5 to Drive” Rules
The following “5 to Drive” rules were created to keep teen drivers safe behind the wheel:
- Don’t drink and drive.
The legal drinking age in Arizona is 21, so teens shouldn’t have alcohol at any time, but particularly when they’re behind the wheel. Parents and guardians need to set a good example by never drinking and driving.
- Always buckle up.
Whether passengers are in the back seat or front seat, the driver needs to check and make sure that each person in the car is buckled up before taking off.
- Eliminate distractions.
Driving should demand teen drivers’ full attention, especially on Halloween, when kids may unexpectedly dart across the street. Arizona doesn’t have a statewide ban on texting while driving, but the cities of Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, as well as Pima and Coconino counties, do.
- Don’t speed.
Speeding is dangerous for drivers of any age, but even more so for less experienced drivers. Not only does it reduce a driver’s reaction time, it also takes longer to stop if a pedestrian or other road hazard should appear.
- Have no more than one passenger.
A car full of passengers is a distraction that increases the chances of a teen driver getting into an accident. In Arizona, teen drivers are restricted to the number of passengers they are allowed to have until they reach a certain age.
24/7 Yuma Teen Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a teen-related car accident, contact the experienced and board certified attorneys at Lerner and Rowe 24/7. Make one call to 928-344-6200 or chat with a live repetitive online. Our Yuma office hours are 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., but we’re available around the clock.