User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Parents Can Help Reduce Teen Traffic Deaths

June 12, 2012, 6:57 AM by Kellee Azar

Parents Can Help Reduce Teen Traffic Deaths
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

When the summer months arrive, a parent's job of keeping kids safe can escalate.  And AAA says that's especially the case if your teenager is able to get behind the wheel because they're even more likely to be involved in a deadly crash.

"The highest risk for teens is that first year of driving.  And then all of the statistics we are showing are for the ages of 16-19," AAA South Dakota spokeswoman Marilyn Buskohl said.

Depending on when you allow your child to drive, there are a number of factors that increase their chance of a crash.

"Because there is more traffic; there's more traffic and people are excited about going places and seeing their friends and that kind of thing.  And it all plays a part," Buskohl said.

That's something many parents already recognize in their own children.

"Teens get excited.  They are not in school, they want to go have fun and they pick up their friends and they forget about all of the rules of the road," Carol Nesbitt said

To which AAA has a suggestion.

"I would recommend that they limit distractions; not be fiddling with the radio and definitely not be texting or talking on the cell phone," Buskohl said.

When it comes to summer traffic deaths, law enforcement see an increase in numbers especially around a holiday or on the weekends.

"I think it's just important to be more cognizant when there are holidays or more traffic on the roads or weekends, evenings.  If you can restrict your child from driving during those times, it's going to be much safer for them," Buskohl said.

And when in doubt, it may be a good idea to talk to your teenager, which is enough for some parents.

"I'm not worried about my kids because I talk to them a lot of about not taking friends, especially in their early years of driving," Nesbitt said

For more advice and even an agreement parents can use with their teens visit the AAA website.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Sutton Bay CEO Dies In UTV Rollover Crash

8/25/2014 2:34 PM

The CEO of Sutton Bay Resort in central South Dakota died after rolling his 2014 Polaris Ranger late Sunday night.

Full Story
Authorities Search For Missing Inmate

8/24/2014 10:43 AM

31-year-old Bridget Franzen failed to report to a work release job on Saturday, August 23.

Full Story
SF Mother, Daughter Admit To Large Drug Conspiracy

8/27/2014 10:54 AM

Faith Rasmussen, 21, and her 55-year-old mother Theresa Rasmussen admit they were bringing marijuana from California to South Dakota and distributing ...

Full Story
SF Drug Ring Involved 220 lbs. Of Marijuana

8/27/2014 5:48 PM

Her boyfriend was killed during a botched robbery in December in northwest Sioux Falls. Faith Rasmussen and her mother, Theresa, have now pleaded guil...

Full Story | Watch
Car vs. School Bus Crash Near Inwood, Iowa

8/26/2014 11:31 AM

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating a serious crash involving a car and a school bus.

Full Story


Events