Teen and cars equal a deadly combination

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Deadly teen auto accidents have been making headlines across the county and many may find it surprising to learn it is the number one cause of death for teenagers.
Colorado has some of the toughest laws when it comes to getting your drivers license as a teen, but despite the Graduated Drivers License laws in place, more teens die from auto accidents than anything else.

It is a tough transition for parents to hand the keys over to their teen driver and according to experts, parents should take it serious.

"We did a lot of practice with him, everyday we would let him drive to school and we let him practice as much as possible," said local mom, Shellie Miles.

"I believe that parents have a great influence on their kids and the kids pick up a lot more from them than almost anywhere else," explains local State Farm Agent, Adam Hobbs.

Technology can also aid teens and parents when it comes to driving. State Farm Insurance Company has an App.

"It allows parents to have some constructive criticism if they are taking corners too fast, they’re speeding, breaking too hard and those types of things," said Hobbs.

Despite all of Miles's driving efforts, her son still had a collision.

"And he had that accident and since then he is so careful so maybe that was a good thing."

Not everyone is as fortunate as Miles. Many teen driving accidents end in tragedy.

On Sunday in Texas, 5 teens were killed in a car crash, when the teenage driver ran a stop sign and collided with a truck carrying gasoline.

On the same day in Ohio, a teen driver was speeding when the SUV flipped over into a pond- killing 6 of them.

I asked Miles if she would do anything differently…

"Just to do that over and over again, knowing that [son’s driving] is an issue, If I had been more mindful than I was," said Miles.

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