Warning for Teen Drivers in Maryland

Oct 17, 2016

Credit Don Rush

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is promoting five rules for teen driver safety.

The "5 to Drive" campaign is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. MVA workers are handing out brochures targeting behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal car crashes involving young people.

Number one: No cellphones. The agency says a car going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field in the five seconds it takes to glance at a phone.

Extra passengers are another no-no. The agency says driving with just one friend can double the risk of a fatal crash.

The list concludes with three rules that also happen to be laws: no speeding, no alcohol and always buckle your seat belt.