Safety for Young Drivers on the Road

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 12:43:52-04

OMAHA, Neb. — At Cornhusker Driving School, students learn about the dangers of distractions and safety on the road.

"It takes one person to be distracted, not even. Anything can distract you nowadays," driving instructor Anna Venditte said.

Venditte says she knows there's an excitement for young kids to get on the roads, bu that eagerness can be quite dangerous.

"Newer drivers, they're not as experienced as of course drivers who have been driving for six, seven years. You get these teenagers who are new to driving, they're just getting that freedom, they're probably stretching the limits a little bit on their freedom, because they haven't had that much freedom before," she said.

The tragedy that struck Sarpy County Monday night is on the minds of young teens getting ready to take on the road.

"Learning about everything in class and then actually seeing what can go wrong if you don't follow what we're learning about," Millard West student Erin Schuette said.

Instructors realize that it's the little things that can save your life in a car crash, like wearing a seat belt.

But those little things aren't fully enforced in the state of Nebraska.

"You can't get pulled over for not wearing your seat belt. So that's one thing we have going against us. We teach them hey wear your seat belt, wear your seat belt but when they know it's not a primary law they think oh well it may not be as important as it really is," Venditte said.

For that reason advocates continue to push for safer and stricter laws that could help those stepping on the peddle for the first time.

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