MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Once again, Wisconsin is ranked among the top states for the most fatal traffic crashes among teenagers. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), 48 teenagers were killed and more than 5,300 were injured in traffic crashes in the state last year.
Governor Scott Walker is encouraging teens to make better decisions by proclaiming the week of October 20 to 26 as Teen Driver Safety Week in Wisconsin.
"Teens are more likely to crash because typically they are inexperienced behind the wheel," said David Pabst, Director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "They also tend to speed, drive aggressively and not buckle up. In addition, teens are prone to distracted driving."
State law prohibits drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license, which includes many teenagers, from using a cell phone while driving except to report an emergency. Another state law prohibits texting while driving for all motorists. Despite these laws Pabst said teens are still talking or texting on their mobile devices.
During the week of October 20th, Governor Walker is asking parents to talk to their teen drivers about safe decisions behind the wheel. Also, WisDOT is offering a parent and teen driving contract that helps establish rules and consequences for a teen's driving behavior. The contract is available on the WisDOT web at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/teens/.
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