San Diego drunk driving attorneys are always happy to hear of efforts to keep teenagers safe. Drunk driving accidents that involve teenage drivers add up to about 6,000 deaths every year, according to statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This number of deaths is more than all the deaths due from illegal drugs combined, what a frightening statistic. Further information shows that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. One third of the auto accidents that kill teens are attributed to alcohol.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has initiated a new program called Steering Teens Straight. The goal of the program is to help teenagers make better choices before getting behind the wheel of a car. This last Saturday a group of volunteers got together to act out a scene of a tragic accident. The CHP hopes that showing teenagers the true to life consequences of drunk driving will motivate them to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. The volunteers in the group were made up of students from North County high schools, CHP officers and other public safety officials - all offering their time to this great cause.
This new program, Steering Teens Straight, joins other programs, such as Start Smart, aimed at keeping teens safe behind the wheel. The Start Smart program encourages teens and their parents to take a two hour free driver safety course. The speakers and officers that teach the short safety course remind parents of their responsibility to model good driving behavior and to teach their teens safe driving practices. The teenagers are instructed in techniques that help them avoid collisions with other cars and in safe driving principles. Enrolling in this program, which is free of charge, is as easy as contacting the local CHP office.