OLATHE, Kan. -- Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and this week, police and school officials are encouraging parents to talk to their kids about safe driving.
The campaign, which will be promoted at Olathe South High School, is called Five to Drive, and it focuses on the five things your teen should remember every time they get in a car.
5 To Drive For Teens
1) Don’t Drink and Drive
2) Buckle Up
3) Eyes on the Road
4) Don’t Speed
5) Only One Passenger
Monday, Oct. 17 is the start of National Teen Driver Safety Week and according to the CDC, more than 2,200 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died in traffic accidents back in 2014. That's an average of six teens killed in a car crash every day. Boys are two times likely to get into fatal wrecks than girls. Teens greatest risk is in the first few months after they get their license.
Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules when it comes to driving are less likely to take risks on the road and die in a car accident.
The whole goal of the campaign is to encourage parents to talk to their kids about safe driving and prevent your child from getting into an accident in the future.