On Wednesday, July 11, a Start Smart class taught teen drivers between the ages of 15 – 20 on how to avoid being distracted from passengers, to pay attention to the speed limits, and to discourage drivers from drinking and driving. The course was taught by California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Goodwin and Eric Barnard. A guest speaker, Parker Kalmen, also spoke to encourage safe driving after he had critically injured his friend and passenger in February 2010 when he lost control of his car.
The event took place at Cox Communications offices since it was sponsored by the company. It began at 6:30 p.m. and was open to drivers from ages 15 – 20, the demographic with the highest fatal accidents in the United States. Also, the more friends and passengers a teenage driver has in their automobile increases the chances of the driver to be involved in an accident. The driving program held by Cox Communications taught teens on what to consider when driving in order to eliminate distractions.
One road officers focused on was Trabuco Canyon’s Live Oak Canyon Road. The road has long had an appeal on young drivers during the summer season. The winding long stretch of six-mile road attracts novice drivers to test out the speed of their cars. Just this year alone, 17 crashes have happened on the road, 12 of which involved personal injury. The road connects Lake Forest to Rancho Santa Margarita and has become the place for drivers to test the limits of their vehicles. Officers are cracking down and monitoring the road to prevent any future accidents.
Live Oak Road has steadily been gaining popularity throughout the years through YouTube videos and word of mouth stories. Travellers from Riverside, San Diego, and Los Angeles have come to this infamous road to visit the appeal of its winding stretch. Officers such as Goodwin and Barnard spend their summer months searching networking sites that advertise race challenges on Live Oak Road. This allows officers to get a heads up on any future dangerous driving.
Teens are encouraged to stay safe this summer when out driving with passengers and/or on winding roads. It is important for teen novice drivers to take extra precaution this summer in order to avoid attaining any personal injury and harm. However, if you have been involved in a car accident, calling a San Diego car accident attorney can help you deal with the aftermath of a car collision. Visit http://www.accident-