National teen driving safety campaign puts pressure on parents

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(WEAU)--Parents have to be the driving force behind teen driving safety.
That's the point of a new safety campaign from the national highway transportation safety administration, called "5 to drive".

The head of the agency is pushing parents to talk to their teen drivers and insist on five key safety points: No cell phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and always wear a seatbelt.

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of 14 to 18 year olds. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland says that fact, couple with teen attitudes toward driving, convinced him and others they have to reach teens right where they live.

“We have to make sure that they make it clear to their children that these behaviors are deadly, dangerous, illegal, and totally unacceptable. No teen with a drivers' license wants to end up at the back of the school bus because mom and dad took away the keys. That’s a threat that does mean something when you’re in high school,” Strickland said.