Focus this week on safe teen driving

National Teen Safe Driving Week

Several local events are being held this week as part of a national focus on safe driving for teenagers.

Teen drivers are accounting for more and more crashes, so police are doing what they can to try to keep them safe.

From 2011 to 2013, juveniles were involved in almost 100,00 traffic crashes that killed 288 of them in Ohio alone.

Speed, inexperience and alcohol and drugs are factors.

Parents have an obligation to talk to teens about driving, but National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration officials say only 25 percent do.

Suggestions on how to have that talk with your teenager, and how to spell out ground rules, are available at

National Teen Driver Safety Week was first held in 2007 after a series of crashes in Pennsylvania prompted Congress into action.

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