EUREKA- Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the country. The California Office of Traffic Safety along with The Eureka Police Department are encouraging both parents and teens to practice safe driving habits.
This year marks the seventh year of a nationwide teen driver safety week and this year's theme is "It Takes Two," asking parents to help their teens become safe and skilled drivers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 2,700 teens in the United States ages 16 to 19 were killed in 2010 and almost 282,000 suffered injuries.
In Eureka, traffic officers said so far this year there has been 63 traffic collisions involving a teen between the ages of 16 and 19 and 25 of those teens were injured and one was killed. Those numbers have slightly decreased since last year but officers say it is still important to practice safe driving.
For more traffic safety information you can visit the California Office of Traffic Safety website at www.ots.ca.gov.