For teenage drivers, safety goes beyond cell phones

“It’s nothing new in that young drivers tend not to pay attention to these things,” he said.

Teenage traffic crashes in Ohio claimed 33 lives during the “100 deadliest days” period of 2021, Brown said, referring to the summer period between the two holiday weekends. AAA said there were more fatal crashes involving teenagers in the summer than during the rest of the year.

Such accidents often occur due to distracted driving, which can be anything that makes it harder for the driver to concentrate on the road.

“People tend to have more accidents when there are other people in the car,” Brown said. “We talk about distracted driving, and everyone immediately turns to mobile phones. But in reality, passengers are more dangerous than cell phones, because passengers get distracted just as easily.

Brown said cellphones are still a major concern, especially for teenagers.

“The phone is a major distraction,” he said. “We have such a knack for checking our phones immediately because we want to know what’s going on. They tend to have to respond to anyone who talks to them or texts them or whatever.

ExploreOhio traffic death toll hits highest level in 20 years

Last year was the deadliest year on Ohio’s roads in nearly two decades, even with traffic levels still below pre-pandemic levels. The total number of Ohio road deaths rose from 1,230 in 2020 to 1,360 in 2021, according to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It’s the highest death toll the state has seen since 2002, when 1,417 people died in crashes statewide.

When a teen is involved in an accident or traffic stop, a few common causes are often to blame, said Ohio State Highway Patrol information officer Brice Nihiser.

Nihiser’s advice to new drivers to help them stay safe was simple:

“Before you even start the car, fasten your seatbelt, put that phone somewhere where you won’t be distracted by it,” Nihiser said. “If you have a passenger, let them control the music so you as the driver can concentrate on driving.”

McCroskey said a lot of continuing driver education starts at home.

“You want parents to really instill the importance of safe driving, paying attention to driving, watching your speed, wearing your seatbelt and the basic safety points of driving,” he said. he declares. “A lot of that comes from home, as well as school and outside influences.”

Brown said AAA encourages parents to talk with their teenage drivers, not just about 100 Days of Summer, but all year round, about distracted driving, friends in the car, speed limits and driving after dark.

“About 90% of all crashes are driver error. This is certainly true for new teenage drivers, as they are still getting used to driving,” he said.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2017 to 2021 in Ohio there were 64,108 crashes involving distracted driving.

House Bill 283, jointly sponsored by a pair of Republicans, Rep. Cindy Abrams of Cincinnati and Brian Lampton of Beavercreek, which would make it a primary offense to possess or physically support a wireless electronic communication device with any part of his body.

“Crashes related to distracted driving continue to increase aggressively, but are vastly underreported due to the difficulty in proving that a driver is engaged in distracted driving activity,” said Abrams, a former Cincinnati policeman.


AAA Driving Safety Tips

  • To slow down – Speed ​​is the No. 1 factor in increasing road fatalities.
  • Buckle up – The rate of uncontrolled ejections and deaths of occupants has increased sharply.
  • Do not drive while impaired – Alcohol is involved in approximately 20% of all fatal accidents in summer.
  • Drive defensively – You cannot control others; you can increase the time you have to react.
  • Limit distractions – Distracted driving, probably under-reported, accounts for at least 8% of fatal accidents.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and cyclists – Pedestrian fatalities increased by 15% from 2020 to 2021.