#childsafety | ​San Mateo Police Issue Teen Driving Safety Advisory

SAN MATEO, CA — The San Mateo Police Department issued an advisory encouraging parents to instill safe habits and discuss the responsibilities their newly licensed teen children have to themselves and others while on the road.

The advisory is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

“New drivers will naturally be inexperienced,” the advisory said.

“Parents play an important role helping teens stay safe behind the wheel. It starts with practicing good habits like wearing a seat belt, staying off the phone, and following the speed limit.”

The advisory cites distracted driving, speeding and impairment among the greatest risk factors for teen drivers.

“We encourage parents and caregivers to talk to teens about the consequences of making dangerous and illegal choices behind the wheel.

Parents and guardians are urged to make sure newly licensed teen drivers understand the following risk factors:

  • Avoid Distractions: Cell phone use while driving is illegal. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone or other electronic device for any reason, including hands-free.
  • Understand Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws: For the first 12 months you have a license or until the age of 18, no passengers under 20 years old are allowed unless a licensed parent, guardian or other adult 25 years old or older is in the car with you. Late-night driving (between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.) is also not permitted.
  • Never Drive Under the Influence: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. Under California’s zero tolerance law, any driver under 21 cannot drink any alcohol and drive (blood alcohol concentration of .01% or higher).
  • Follow the Speed Limit: The road is not a racetrack. Speeding is a risky behavior that increases the chances of serious injury or death in a crash.

For more safe driving tips to share with your teens, visit gosafelyca.org.

Funding for traffic education programs like this are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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