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Our View: Public education for teen drivers can be effective

Young drivers are the most dangerous motorists on the road.

That much is clear when you look at national statistics related to fatal crashes.

Even though less than 7 percent of motorists are teenagers, 13 percent of all fatal accidents involve young drivers.

Everyone knows the reasons for the high number of accidents among teenagers.

Their lack of experience, their susceptibility to being distracted, their penchant for speeding and their general inclination toward recklessness are dangerous ingredients when on the road.

Oct. 19-25 is recognized as National Teen Driver Week. The annual observance gives everyone a chance to focus on this important societal issue.

It's also a good reminder for parents to talk to their teens who are now behind the wheel.

The message to deliver?

The destination is the goal when you start up the car. Teens can goof around, talk on their cell phones, text their friends, eat and drink after they get to where they're going.

If they do those things while they are in the car, young people are at a much higher risk of getting in an accident and possibly getting seriously injured.

Take the time to sound the warning. If it can save the life of your teen, it's well worth the effort.