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:

An inexperienced driver who reaches for their cellphone increases their risk for getting into a crash by more than 700%, according to an article in the New York Times. A study used accelerometers, cameras , global positioning devices and other sense to determine the driving habits of 42 inexperienced, newly licensed drivers ages 16 and 17.

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.

DriveCam is a device that monitors the driving habits of the person operating the vehicle, according to a recent article from Knox News. The device records video whenever the driver makes a mistake. According to a Wisconsin teen, the device made her into the better more cautious driving she is today. She said it was nice because it told her what she was doing wrong so she could correct her mistakes.

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.

On Monday, September 23, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in the state of New York, there will be 91 designated areas on the Thruway (I-87) for texting, called “texting zones”. These zones will be existing at current rest stops, Park and Rides, parking areas and other similar safe stopping areas. The state will put up a total of 298 signs pointing motorists toward these “texting zones”.

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