AUGUSTA, Wis. (WEAU) - During Teen Driver Safety Week, the Wisconsin State Patrol is warning all drivers about the risk inexperienced teens bring behind the wheel.
“They're young, they're full of life, and they go out there with vim and vigor and they're not as responsible when it comes to watching their speed and all the good habits they don't have yet,” Lt. Jeff Lorentz said.
Along with a feeling of immortality, Lorentz said inexperience and distractions put teenagers, and anyone else on the road, at risk of a crash.
“(Teens are) constantly bombarded by the media, in regards to everything that's out there, whether it's TV, radio, iPods, iPads, everything,” he said.
Lorentz said ways to prevent a dangerous crash are simple: wear a seatbelt, slow down and don't use a phone while driving.
A strong message was sent to students in Augusta after a 16-year-old girl and two thirteen-year-old boys flipped a pickup truck on a gravel road Saturday. Augusta Area High School staff said they were thankful all three are ok, and they attended school Monday.
Lorentz said safe habits can be learned before dangerous situations arise.
“Have you been into a skid? A slippery or gravel road? If you had to break sharply, what happens? When do I hit the deer, and when do I avoid it?” “Do it in practice. Get to that parking lot, that skid pad and get used to those brakes.”
“It's really a partnership between our parents and teens. We want them to gain experience and understand responsibility and to become good drivers,” he said.
Lorentz said it's important for parents to set a good example. He reminded teenagers that no one can legally text and drive. He also said anyone in their first two years of driving can't talk on a phone while behind the wheel.