Police: Teen drivers ticketed most for 2 traffic violations

Posted at: 10/22/2013 9:25 AM
Updated at: 10/22/2013 2:54 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- On the heels of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Albuquerque Police Department told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that there are two things they ticket teen drivers for the most.

"Teens that are not paying attention. They're either texting or on their cell phones," APD officer Simon Drobik said. "The other major factor is speeding. Both of those seem to get teens in trouble and more accidents."

According to the National Safety Council, a teen driver's crash risk is three times that of drivers ages 20 and older.

APD suggests parents talking to their kids about the dangers.

"Teens usually think they're invincible when they're driving, that's why we want to do a partnership with parents," Drobik said. "Have the parents express to them what they have found out about driving, about speeding, about road conditions, driving in wet weather, driving in icy conditions."

National Teen Driver Safety Week encourages 65 hours or more of supervised driving practice in which a teen learns about speed management, how to recognize and avoid distractions and how to scan for hazards. Officials also encourage parents to develop house rules for a teen's first year of independent driving.

For more information on National Teen Drivers Safety Week, visit http://www.teendriversource.org.