Oregon crash matches teen-driver profile

Ironically, on the final day of Teen Driver Safety Week, a truck crowded with seven teenagers crashed into a tree near Vernonia, Ore., sending three to the hospital.
   A 16-year-old girl was driving a Ford F250 around a curve on Highway 47 when she lost control, over-corrected, left the road and...

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No-brainer advice can save teen lives

Here’s a simple message I’d like every young driver to remember. It’s something that even the most independent teenager can agree with, even when the message comes from an adult.
   Buckle up.
   Oh, that? Again? Seriously?
  
Yes. Here’s why.
   It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, and you’ll...

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Young mindset differs on risky driving

Sometimes when I talk to high school classes about car insurance, a few students will complain that teenagers are unfairly scrutinized for their driving.
   If you’re a teen driver who feels that traffic cops target you, please know that another source is outing you: teen drivers themselves, and...

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Mom’s love letter to almost-teen driver

A mother of a teenage daughter soon to get her driving permit has published a cautionary love letter.
   It’s cautionary because the mom has anguished over recent fatal crashes involving teens in her community. She knows she needs to support her daughter’s big step toward adulthood, yet she’s also...

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Judge sentences 'hill hopper' to 60 days

A Spokane Valley teen driver has been sentenced to 60 days of detention for a car crash he caused last October that killed two 15-year-old girls riding with him.
   We blogged about this sad accident earlier.
   The newly licensed driver, age 16 at the time, drove through a residential area at high...

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Smartphone distractions lead to injuries

Our June PEMCO Poll addressed it, and now it’s being confirmed by worldwide safety groups: Distracted walking is a growing problem for teenagers.
   Pedestrian fatalities held steady for years until 2010, then started to rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association blames smartphone distractions,...

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Pediatrics say teen sleep deprivation is common

Today’s PEMCO Poll reveals that 74% of Northwest residents think teenagers don’t get enough sleep, yet 52% think high school classes generally start at the right time.
   And only 11% of those polled know that nine hours is the right amount of sleep for teenagers, as recommended by the American...

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Texting teen hits pedestrian in Arlington

A 16-year-old driver described as “very nice” and “dedicated to school” hit a pedestrian in Arlington Sept. 6 while texting behind the wheel.
   The driver’s side mirror struck the pedestrian, who suffered a broken hand plus hip and arm injuries, but luckily was knocked onto grass rather than...

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Do it for yourself, teen driver

You’ve heard your parents, teachers, and driver-ed instructors lecture you on the dangers of distracted driving.
   After a while, they sound like the adults on a Charlie Brown video – “Wah-wah, wah-wah….”
   Put all of that aside. Here’s a new reason for you to look out for yourself, regardless of...

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Going off to college? We’ve got you covered

If you’re leaving home for college, your insurance needs are about to change. Likewise, if you’re the parent of a college-bound student.
   PEMCO can make the transition easier for you with discounts that fit your new living arrangements.
   First, take advantage of the Good Student Discount....

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