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Driving safety

Help teen drivers reduce their risks

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Reporter Sharon Salyer's July 3 article about summer teen driving, "Summer driving a deadly 100 days for teens," is a timely reminder of the risks involved when our children get behind the wheel.
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 1,003 fatal crashes involving drivers age 16-25 occurred in the state between 2004 and 2008, with more than 20 percent of those occurring in July or August.
Ninety-one of those deaths happened in Snohomish County.
In my work at Brien Ford in Everett, I meet a lot of parents who are looking for vehicles for their teen drivers. Safety is a foremost concern for them, so I try to remind them of the technology and information resources available to help them keep their kids safe.
Teen-safety technologies include MyKey, a feature available in most Ford vehicles that allow parents to program a key that sets top speed and audio volume limits; blocks incoming calls and deter text messages; and encourages seat-belt use while their teen drivers are behind the wheel.
In addition, parents can go online to find a wealth of helpful tips on teen-driving safety, including information from the National Safety Council Web site (
Let's do all we can to make summer a carefree and safe time for our families.
Casey Salz
Vice President
Brien Motors

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