Street Safe Teens: Holiday Safety

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Teen drivers face a lot of distractions while behind the wheel.

"So, some of the behaviors that our officers notice are pertaining to distractions, are [teen drivers] texting or they're conversing with people in their cars. Another thing, is not obeying the speed limit or not wearing seat belts," said Madeline Curott, the Public Information Officer with the Albemarle County Police Department.

Another thing to remember is that it may not a bad thing to have a cellphone with you.

"We always talk about making sure that you're not texting and driving, but as far as the cell phone is concerned, you want to make sure it's fully charged because if you do find yourself in an emergency then you're going to need that cellphone to call for help,” said Curott.

With the crowded streets and increased activity during the holidays, taking simple precautions like locking your car door and not leaving valuables out in plain view become even more important.

"We are finding that people are just not locking their cars and so whether you are a teen or an adult, just make sure you are locking your car because that's a deterrent from someone going in your car and stealing your belongings," she said.

The time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is usually the busiest time for travel, and practicing safe driving habits can mean the difference between staying safe or getting in accident.

"From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, that’s the typically the busiest time for travel, and so teens need to be aware of that and give themselves extra time to get to the locations that they're going to but most importantly they need to make sure to buckle up, they obey the speed limit, and they're not texting and driving,” Curott continued. “Maybe even think about limiting the passengers that are in the vehicle because the more people that are in the car with you, the more the chances are that you will be distracted while you are driving.”

These are all simple ways to make sure that teen drivers are getting home safely.

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