KHQ.COM - The KHQ Crime Tracker franchise isn't just about protecting ourselves from criminals. It's also about making sure we follow the law and make sure our young drivers do the same… especially when it comes to speeding.
The Governor's Highway Safety Commission says speeding needs to be addressed as much as drunk driving and distracted driving. The association says speeding is a factor in one-third of traffic deaths involving young drivers.
That's why 911 Driving School's A.J. Seitz works especially hard to warn teens about the danger of driving too fast. Seitz says "Everybody tries to push that limit, whether it's 3 miles an hour, five miles an hour or over 10 miles an hour. But it's usually a bet on when you see a cop what's the break a cops going to give you, what's that little grace period? But really when it comes down to it, they need to be thinking about how long it takes the car to stop."
Beyond telling your teen driver to make sure to follow the speed limit… the Governor's Highway Commission offers these tips for parents. First, don't buy your teen a vehicle right away. The commission says teens are less likely to speed in their family sedan.
Next, don't buy your child a high-performance car. Instead, invest in a larger, newer vehicle. Also, monitor your teen closely. Hop in the car every once in awhile to make sure they're still doing all of the things they learned in drivers' education.
Finally, some insurance companies offer new technology that puts cameras inside of vehicles and notifies parents when their young driver isn't following the law. Holding our young drivers to these standards is also going to serve as a reminder for all of us to make sure we all follow the rules of the road, especially with summer road trips ahead for so many of us.