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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Road rage incites 81-year-old to pull gun

Here’s an unusual twist on teen drivers and road rage.
   Teens often get typecast as being emotionally reactive, prone to respond to rude drivers with their own aggressive driving. But on Aug. 8, it was a teen on the receiving end of road rage.
   18-year-old pizza delivery driver Eric Fidelis was...

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Who’s calling teen drivers? Mom and dad

A new study reveals 53% of teens who gab on a phone while driving are talking with their parents.
   It’s ironic, for sure. The very people who likely are the most concerned about their kids’ welfare are often the ones distracting them and creating danger.
   The study results were presented Aug. 8...

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What’s a clean dashboard got to do with it?

A 16-year-old Wisconsin driver rolled his car July 24 when he was distracted by a piece of paper flying around inside the vehicle.
   The teen veered off the road, overcorrected, and lost control. His car came to a stop upside down. The driver needed help getting out and was treated at a nearby...

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Sneezing causes WHAT?

By Eliana Schauffer
Summer intern

If you’ve been suffering from allergies, maybe it’s time to step away from the wheel.
   According to a Netherlands study, the effects of severe allergies equate to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .03, nearly 50% of the legal limit.  After all, it’s hard to...

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NW states among best for teen drivers

NBC News reported recently on the best and worst states for teen drivers, noting WalletHub's findings on key metrics like cost of car repairs, impaired-driving laws, and teen-driver fatalities.
   Northwest states ranged from Oregon, ranked No. 4, to Washington at No. 9 and Idaho at No. 37. The...

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Finally, a list of safe, affordable teen cars

Last summer, the PEMCO Poll revealed that 50% of the cars driven by newly licensed Northwest teens were on average eight or nine years old – troubling, because older cars often lack important safety features needed to keep inexperienced drivers safe.
   Now the nonprofit Insurance Institute for...

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