A teen dies in a traffic crash an average of once every hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week. A total of 3,932 teenagers, ages 16 to 20, died in traffic related crashes in 2009. The fatality rate for drivers 16 to 19, based on miles driven, is four times higher than for drivers ages 25 to 69. In spite of this, teen drivers and passengers, especially young men are among those least likely to wear their seat belts. More than half the teens killed in traffic crashes in 2009 were not buckled up.
Parents, it is critical that you emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts. No seat belt can mean no future. There is nothing a police officer dreads more than having to notify a parent that their teen has been killed in a car crash. An unnecessary traffic related death is devastating to the parents and loved ones of the teen. What a waste of a young life!
This time of year teens are gearing up for a variety of events. Proms, graduations, and parties are coming up. Once again parents, please ask your teenagers to wear their seat belts.
As police officers we will do our part in trying to keep your teenager safe. The Missouri City Police Department will take part in the “National Click it or Ticket Mobilization” from May 23 through June 5. A zero-tolerance policy for teens as well as other motorists caught not wearing seat belts will be ticketed and fined.
Remember, everyone in a motor vehicle must have their seat belt on.