Distracted Teen Drivers

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More teenagers will be on the road as school is being let out.
Within A-A-A study, between Memorial Day and Labor Day teen driver deaths jump 15 percent.

That is higher than any other time in the year.

According to a triple a study released this month distractions...not buckling up, and speeding are the most common causes for deadly crashes involving teens.

In 2015 sixty percent of teens killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

News 13’s Bobby Poitevint spoke with Casper policemen...and a father within the Casper Police Department about how parents cannot let their kids be another victim.

During the 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day now known as the "100 Deadliest Days"

More than sixteen hundred teenagers lost their lives within the past five years due to inexperience on the road according to A-A-A.

Detective Hatcher says Casper is no stranger to accidents involving inexperienced drivers.

"Most of the accidents that we respond too involving a teenager is just because the kid doesn't have the experience."
Hatcher suggests a few tips to make sure they are prepared behind the wheel.

"Even after they get their driver's licenses, it is alright to jump in the car every once in a while and ride around with them to see how their driving is."

"Give them some more extra pointers on what they’re doing."

"Stress to them about how texting and trying to catch up with a friend could actually cost someone their life."

Detective Hatcher says the biggest problem with teen drivers is texting and driving which could lead to a fatal car crash.

"A texting phone behind a juvenile is actually gonna be serious disaster."

A sergeant at work...but father at home plays tough cop to keep his 19 year old daughter safe.

"i tell my kids, its real simple you don’t have a right to a cell phone and if I found out you're talking on the phone or texting while your driving its gone" says Sgt. Scott Jones

Tips from a father and cop who has seen many car crash fatalities and says these methods work.

"I keep an know where my kids go. I limit where they can drive their cars. At least I know that she'll be alive."

Detective Hatcher says because a teenager is inexperienced with driving on the road. That doesn’t mean officers will not write them a ticket for breaking the law.

A-A-A also says sixteen and seventeen year olds are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly car crash.