March 20th, 2013|
March 20, 2013
There has been an uptick in recent years in the number of young teen drivers who are killed as a result of an Ohio Car Accident. Data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates there was a roughly 33 percent increase in fatalities amongst 16-and 17-year-old Ohio motorists during the first six months of 2012 compared to the same time frame the previous year.
In an effort to combat the growing problem, a spokesperson for the GHSA, Barbara Harsha, explains Ohio needs to adopt tougher restrictions for teen drivers. The Columbus Dispatch says one of the recommended changes includes raising the minimum age a person can receive a learner’s permit from 15 ½ years-old to 16-years old. Also, Harsha suggested moving the curfew for teen drivers being on the road from midnight to 10:00 p.m.
Ohio has already stepped up efforts to prevent teen driving fatalities by implementing a ban on texting and driving, as well as the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle operated by a teen driver. Despite the law changes, experts say vigilance and guidance from parents is still the best way to keep young, inexperienced driver safe on the road.
The Cleveland Personal Injury Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy suggest parents help to keep their teenage drivers safe by being a good example behind the wheel. Others suggest creating a driving contract with teens outlining rules they must follow in order to keep their driving privileges.