Teen Driving Concerns

by Mackenzie Stasko on March 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is giving safety tips for young drivers and their parents to keep in mind as the warm weather comes our way. The Zanesville post says serious injury and fatal crashes in the past two years involving young drivers have been on the rise and that distracted driving is a huge contributing factor for those crashes.

"They need to base speed limits, wear their safety belts, do not drink and drive or use drugs and drive of course. Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears safety belts and obey all traffic laws, including the graduated drivers licensing law," said Lt. William Boyd of the Ohio State Patrol.

Lt. Boyd says the majority of fatal crashes involving young drivers occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Therefore, it’s important for parents and young drivers to know the driving laws and to make sure teens and young adults understand the responsibility that is involved with driving.

"Youthful drivers ages 16 can’t drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and 17 year olds cannot drive between the hours of 1a.m. and 6 a.m."

To learn more about traffic safety, you can go to http://statepatrol.ohio.gov