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Teenagers and reckless driving

Reckless driving teen motorists are a major problem in Florida. This group of individuals has the least amount of driving experience and the largest number of fatal car accidents than any other group of drivers. Many of these accidents are due to them engaging in reckless driving behavior, such as speeding, tailgating, driving while intoxicated and ignoring traffic signs. Although there are graduated driving classes and laws in place to provide teenagers with more driving instruction and practice time, many of them still get into reckless driving accidents that are completely preventable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen motorists who have had their licenses for less than 30 days are more likely to end up in accidents. The number of teens who were treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries they sustained from car accidents in 2014 was 221,313.

There are quite a few reasons teenagers engage in reckless driving. They may have peers in their vehicles and feel pressured to drive and act a certain way around them, they may be distracted by conversations and other activities that are going on inside of their cars and are not capable of making safe and sound driving decisions.

Parents also play a large role in how their children behave when they are behind the wheel, states HealthyChildren.org. They should carefully consider their teens’ personality and driving behaviors to determine if they are mature enough to operate motor vehicles. Parents should always drive the way they expect their teens to drive. Household rules and punishments should be in place to curb any negative driving behaviors. Most importantly, parents should take their teens out for additional instruction on the roads so they can gain the experience they need to become more responsible drivers.

Reckless teen motorists are a growing epidemic that other drivers on the roads should look out for. Proper instruction, more time behind the wheel and fewer distractions and passengers can increase teen driving safety and reduce the number of reckless driving accidents and injuries that occur.

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