AAA: Distracted driving causes more teen crashes in Wisconsin

Published: Jun. 5, 2017 at 10:44 PM CDT
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New teen drivers are three times as likely to be involved in a deadly car crash, according to new information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

In the past five years in Wisconsin, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving in-experienced teen drivers.

Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes, according to AAA. It's something recent Wausau East graduate Austin Jensen is seeing more of.

"I see a lot of people pulling into school doing it," said Jensen.

The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers in the vehicle and interacting with a smart phone. Jensen said with apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, drivers are looking down longer.

"The amount they were already from texting and all that, more teens are doing this [snapping] than texting," Jensen said.

Wausau driver Peter Leone said he sees more recklessness when it comes to texting and driving.

"On their phones, I see them when they make a turn, you are supposed to use two hands," Leone said. "But, if they slipped, they could cause an accident."

New numbers from the Wisconsin DOT show last month was the second safest May since World War II, but traffic deaths so far this year outpace the five year average. In fact, 45 people died in crashes last month.

"You have to pay attention to what your doing driving is a privilege but it's also a responsibility," Leone said.

A responsibility to remember, as you're getting from one place to another that whatever it is, it can wait.

can help teens ahead of dangerous summer driving.