Educating teen drivers about the dangers of getting distracted b - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Educating teen drivers about the dangers of getting distracted behind the wheel

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-This week is National Teen Driver Safety and a new study released by Triple A reveals car crashes are the leading cause of death in teens in Oklahoma and nationwide.  In the US, Over the past five years, teens were involved in 14 thousand deadly crashes--more than 42 hundred of those involved speeding.


It only takes a moment to get distracted behind the wheel. Experts say three of the most common mistakes teen drivers make are not seeing what's around them, speeding and texting.

"A car is a dangerous weapon. The vehicle is a dangerous weapon. It is responsible for a third of the deaths of teenagers in the United States”, said Wade.

It's a responsibility they don't take it lightly at Wade's Driving School.  Driving instructor Tanner Wade believes show and tell is the best way young drivers will learn the rules of the road.

"Texting and driving, you are 23 more time likely to have an accident. We show them how much more likely they are to have an accident or cause an accident”, said Wade.

To bring the point home, Wade show young drivers a board that lists the obituaries of students who have died in car crashes.

"You are not immortal, it can happen to you. It only takes one mistake. It only takes one bad decision to end your life”, said Wade

Putting the phone down and paying attention to the road not only saves lives but protects other drivers, too.  The same rule applies to teens as well as experienced drivers.

"People think driving is their right. Driving is a privilege. You don't have to drive a vehicle you earn that right. Anything that we do that put's other people in danger we should have that right taken away from us”, said Wade.

He encourages parents to lead by example.


"If you don't want your kids to text and drive then don't let them see you do it”, said Wade.

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says more than 13 thousand teen drivers were involved in crashes in 2015. That's up almost 9 percent from the year before.

Copyright 2016 KSWO. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Zuckerberg clarifies stance on policy for Holocaust deniers

    Zuckerberg clarifies stance on policy for Holocaust deniers

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-07-19 15:29:19 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

  • Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:20:36 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-07-19 15:29:02 GMT
    (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.(Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP) Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

    The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top athletes and moments in sports.

  • Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

    Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-07-19 04:30:42 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-07-19 15:26:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Looking on is Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat...(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Looking on is Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat...

    Trump said Wednesday he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections "and that's the way it's going to be."

    Trump said Wednesday he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections "and that's the way it's going to be."

Powered by Frankly