Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Friday October 24th, 2014 :: 09:08 a.m. PDT


Teen Driver Safety Week Shows High School Students Effects of #DistractedDriving #LASD @CHPWestValley

Teen Driver Safety Week Shows High School Students Effects of Distracted Driving

For most parents, handing over the keys to the family car to their newly-licensed teen driver can be a very stressful thing. That is not surprising, considering that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. The crash risk is particularly high during the first month a teen driver has received their license. According to the Department of Transportation, 2,055 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes in 2013 alone. California Highway Patrol says 11 teens die every day as a result of distracted driving. These numbers are meant to get your attention- and so is the nationwide Teen Driver Safety Week campaign.

To heighten the awareness of teen driver safety, the West Valley CHP, along with deputies from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, hosted a Teen Driver Safety demonstration at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. Each year, the event is held at a different local high school, Notre Dame chosen this year in honor of former student Conor Lynch, who was killed four years ago by an 18 year old distracted driver. Sponsored by the Mercedes-Benz Safety Driving School, local safety officials effectively show students how dangerous distracted driving can be. Students are put through two different types of hands-on simulated courses, including a “distracted” course, in which a passenger distracts the driver with text messages, loud music and even louder chatter. Students were tested on their ability to maneuver through a cone course while dealing with these distractions, and many students reported being surprised at how poorly they performed under these conditions.

CHP officers supplemented the demonstrations with safety discussions and a press conference, where CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow stated to parents “This week is dedicated to focusing attention on setting rules for your teen driver before letting them get behind the wheel.” CHP recommends setting ground rules with your children and practicing a no-tolerance policy. Discuss the issues of texting while driving, speeding, drinking and driving, and riding without a seatbelt. Teaching kids these basic safety tips will help them begin to form life-long driving habits that can potentially save their lives.

Prepared by : LET Heather Fuquay
Media Release Date: October 24, 2014

* Lost Hills Sheriff's Station polices the Cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu and Westlake Village, and the unincorporated communities of Chatsworth Lake Manor, Malibu Lake, Topanga, and West Hills:

For further information contact:

Malibu / Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
27050 Agoura Road
Agoura, CA 91301
(818) 878-1808
LASD HQ Text and Emails:

LASD - Malibu/Lost Hills Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
27050 Agoura Rd
Calabasas, CA 91301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 818-878-1808

Navigate & Discover