EMSA Says Back-To-School Means 6 Times More Wrecks With Teens - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

EMSA Says Back-To-School Means 6 Times More Wrecks With Teen Drivers

Posted: Updated:
EMSA says, this time of year brings six times as many accidents with teen drivers behind the wheel. EMSA says, this time of year brings six times as many accidents with teen drivers behind the wheel.
"We hear all sorts of things. We hear, 'I didn't see them', to 'I thought I had enough time', to 'I thought I could make it out,'" said EMSA spokesman Michael Ginn. "We hear all sorts of things. We hear, 'I didn't see them', to 'I thought I had enough time', to 'I thought I could make it out,'" said EMSA spokesman Michael Ginn.
Terry Watters has been teaching driver's ed for 35 years. He said he's seen a lot of things change, but one constant, he said, is inattentive driving. Terry Watters has been teaching driver's ed for 35 years. He said he's seen a lot of things change, but one constant, he said, is inattentive driving.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The first weeks of school can be a dangerous time for teen drivers. EMSA says it responds to almost six times as many accidents involving teenagers when school starts.

There are a number of reasons teen drivers get into fender-benders the first week of school--talking on the phone, texting, listening to loud music, and so on. But the experts agree all of those can be controlled to prevent unnecessary injuries.

During lunch time at Union High School, juniors and seniors go off campus to catch a quick bite to eat. Some are paying attention and others are on their cell phones or listening to loud music, distractions that can make up the ingredients for a car accident.

EMSA says, this time of year brings six times as many accidents with teen drivers behind the wheel.

"We hear all sorts of things. We hear, 'I didn't see them', to 'I thought I had enough time', to 'I thought I could make it out,'" said EMSA spokesman Michael Ginn.

Ginn said most of the accidents are fender-benders, but each one can bring a host of medical problems.

"Burns from the airbag going off, restraint markings from seatbelts, knee injuries going into the dashboard, things like that," he said.

EMSA says the majority of the accidents happen in the afternoon, when the driver is tired from a long day at school and in a hurry to get home.

Terry Watters has been teaching driver's ed for 35 years. He said he's seen a lot of things change, but one constant, he said, is inattentive driving. Teenagers love their phones and, Watters said parents need to set a good example to keep their teens off their phones while driving.

"If you're talking on your phone when you're driving, you're not setting a very good example that your kids shouldn't be talking on their cell phone when they're driving," Watters said.

EMSA says accidents near schools this time of year go across all ages.

Watters said the roads can get crowded and drivers anxious around schools, so the best idea is to slow down and pay attention.

"My advice for the kids is put that cell phone down and make driving a full time job," Watters said.

Both EMSA and Watters agree that it's a good idea for parents to take a practice drive with their kids on the route to and from school. It's a good chance to point out any construction or potential problems.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.