Violent car wrecks involving young drivers are forcing at least one parent to take matters into his own hands. Aaron Smith started a safe teen driving program to keep younger drivers safe.
“It scares me to death knowing that statistically, within the first 12 months of them driving, they are more likely to be killed behind the wheel than any other time in their lives,” Smith said.
Smith said what’s scarier is seeing young people killed in car crashes like the suspected DUI crash on Rainbow and Lake Mead on Saturday night or the crash in Ohio that took the lives of six teens.
“It’s sad that tragedies are happening with teen drivers,” said Smith. “They are behind the wheel, inexperienced and in conditions they don’t know how to handle.”
Smith was worried his son would become another statistic so he started a program a month ago called, “How’s Our Teen Driving?” It allows the public to report bad driving anonymously through a 24/7 hotline. Parents who sign up for the service receive messages letting them know their child’s not playing by the rules. Logan Smith, 18, admits he was embarrassed at first, but not anymore.
“If I drive and if I get over too fast or if I have to speed up to cut in front of someone I’m always looking in the rearview mirror because if someone picks up that phone I know when I get home I will be in trouble,” he said.
Aaron Smith doesn’t think it’s overbearing.
“If a bumper sticker on the back of my son’s car saves my son’s life, it’s worth it. I don’t care what it costs. It’s worth it,” he said.
So far, 74 parents have signed up for the service. Aaron Smith said he’s received calls about teens texting and driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.
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