The California Highway Patrol is touring schools across the state to talk about the risks of distracted driving. Officer Chris Miceli with the California Highway Patrol says their presentation aims to reveal the reality of what happens when teens take their hands or eyes off the road.
According to CHP, more than three-thousand teens died in vehicle crashes in 2018 across the country, 75-percent of which had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. In California, teen driver fatalities increased more than 12-percent from 98 to 110 in 2016, according to the state’s Office of Traffic Safety. CHP says it’s a common misconception that cellphones are the only thing that can distract teen drivers. Passengers, eating, and loud music are other distractions that likely cause crashes.