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This week marks the first annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, a designation by the U.S. Congress to raise awareness of the causes of many teen motor vehicle accidents that result in injury or death.

Right now, vehicle crashes that involve teens are the leading cause of death for young people in our country. The sad facts are that more than 6,000 teens are killed in automobile crashes each year, and more than 40,000 are injured. Congress hopes to generate dialogue among teens and parents through this new National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Teen drivers should pay attention to their driving habits and take extra safety precautions, including:

Drive defensively and stay alert.
Do not talk or text on cellular phones while driving.
Do not operate iPods and PDAs while driving.
Do not drink and drive.
Do not shuttle around many friends in one car.
Do not play music so loudly that you can’t hear horns or sirens.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.

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