BY JESI MUNGUIA
This week is the 8th annual Teen Driver Safety Week. Driving experts said teen drivers are faced with far too many distractions than they realize.
According to state crash data many teen accidents happen after school or at night. Last year more than 15,000 people were involved in a crash with a teen driver from 3-6 pm.
Richard Backs is the Director of the CMU Center for Drivers Evaluation Education and Research said, the problem is people get away with using their cell phone while driving so often that they don’t realize how distracting and dangerous it really is until something bad happens.
“When we have other distractions that are in the vehicle like peers and friends goofing around and so forth. We just don’t realize how dangerous that is because most of the time we get away with it. In the great proportion of the cases in which we are distracted at makes us much more susceptible to unanticipated events and other vehicles that are running a red light or something, we fail to see that.”
Backs went on to say that, the driver has to take charge of the vehicle and everything that happens inside of it.