All parents want to keep their children safe no matter how young or old they are.  When children mature into teenagers they are presented with new dangers, as parents it’s our job to stay informed so that we can encourage our children to make good decisions- especially behind the wheel. If you have a young driver at home consider the following:

Most New Yorkers, especially those who are lucky enough to call scenic Hudson Valley home, treasure the final weeks of October and the beginning weeks of November. As the vibrant leaves begin to fall and the days become shorter it becomes abundantly clear, it’s that time again- bring on the turkey, tinsel, and travel. 

Earlier this year, we teamed up with CBS6 News in Albany to spread the word to high school students about the deadly consequences of distracted driving. Just last year, 7 Saratoga County teens were killed in crashes within a 30-mile radius. Andrew Finkelstein spoke to the students about the dangers of texting while driving and presented a powerful presentation to the students of Mechanicville.

A recent poll presented by USA Today shows that drivers are surfing the web while driving more than ever before. According to the poll, the number of people who have read an email on their phone while driving has increased by 3% since 2011 (21% - 24%) and 16% have responded to an e-mail on their cell phone while driving, up 1% from 2011.

Parents are often removing themselves from teen driver education once their teen receives their license, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. There’s going to be a learning curve even after a teen gets their license, so it’s important to continue coaching them on good driving habits. However, most parents fail to do so.

In an effort to spread awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving, the National Sleep Foundation has declared the week of November 3-10, 2013 Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving crashes result in at least 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries. Many people are unaware of the impacts drowsiness can have, and how dangerous it can be behind the wheel.

A horrific accident in Lodi, California has taken the lives of 3 small children, their father and a pregnant woman. The multicar crash happened just after 5:20pm on Tuesday, October 22 at a busy intersection. The children were ages 12, 7 and 5. The father of the three children was also involved in the crash. Also killed in the accident was a 31-year-old woman carrying an unborn baby.

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