Watch out for new teen drivers heading back to school

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 2:52pm

WACO -- As a teen, few experiences come close to being handed the car keys for the first time.

"The clouds just opened and you're just 'woo', it was a good feeling," Tasha Worley, a mother of two teen daughters about to get their license.

For many young drivers the start of school marks one of the first times they're driving alone, and driving home during the deadliest hours of the day, between 3 and 6 pm.

"Scares me to death," Worley said 

Classes begin this year during Labor Day week, a dangerous time on the roads during the deadliest month for driving.

"There's going to be young drivers out there and impaired drivers, so it could be kind of all balled up together," DPS Trooper D.L. Wilson said.

Nowadays, the distractions in a car are endless.

"I hope I'm wrong, but between cell phone and messing with the radio is two things that worry me," Worley said.

But parents can breathe a sigh of relief because using the cell phone in the car isn't just a rule for 16-year olds, it's a law.

"You can't operate that motor vehicle while using the wireless cell phone, it's against the law," Wilson said.

Here's some sobering facts, 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more Americans die in car crashes in August than any other month of the year.

So be extra careful out on the roads right now and be aware of new drivers and school zones.

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