Hattiesburg police speak on safe driving for teens

Hattiesburg police speak on safe driving for teens

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The month of October recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens ages 14-18 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

One of the biggest concerns is distracted driving.

Lieutenant Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg police department said distractions are a huge concern for teen drivers.

"That's probably one of the biggest things we see are the distractions," he said.

Some of those distractions include talking on the phone, texting and driving and loud music, which becomes more problematic for new drivers.

"When you have a younger person who's not use the driving those distractions affect them more," Traxler added.

Officer Traxler said your phone could actually help save your life with apps that could help prevent distracted driving.

"There are apps that can be purchased and put on the phone does not work except for to dial 911"

In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Centers for Disease Control kicked off a new campaign called 'Parents are Key' to encourage safe driving habits for teenagers.