Assets In Action: Be aware of teen driving dangers

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Ahh! The sweet sounds of summer are upon us.
These are the days when you spend a little extra time loitering around, contemplating pool-ness and indulging in some additional ice cream.
This year, there might be something new to indulge in, even though it might not sounds as fun as ice cream, it is more important than a swamp cooler on a warm June night.
Teens and texting is the topic and this Thursday night, KOB-TV, channel 4 will host a program called “Driven to Distraction.”
NBC news broadcasted a story last night on with percentages of teen related issues, which might be pretty alarming.
Safe Kids Worldwide has captured data that shows car accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths, with 2,400 teens killed in 2012.
The report also found that 25 percent of teens don’t always buckle up when driving a car.
Thirty-nine percent of teens have been in a vehicle where the driver is texting and driving. Now, hold on to your girdle for this one, 28 percent of teens admit that their parent is driving the car and texting too.
When we grew up, our parents said it to us all the time, “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” So I’m asking you not to be bananas and put the phone down.

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