Remind teens to be safe behind the wheel

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to remind their children of safe driving habits as the prom season and end of the school year approaches.

April, May and June have combined for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years. There were 30 teen motor vehicle occupant deaths during those three months the past three years, and 19 of those killed were not buckled up.

“The prom and end of the school year season is an exciting time for teenagers, but it also has proven to be a dangerous period on the road,” said Gordy Pehrson, youth programs coordinator.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesota teens.