Teen Driving Safety Awareness

MOOSIC — Troopers are working to put the pieces together in Luzerne County and determine just what caused the crash that killed a 15-year-old girl this past Sunday.

Margaret Hughes of Wilkes-Barre was a sophomore at Coughlin High School, and wasn’t wearing her seat belt when the car she was riding in crashed along Bald Mountain Road.

Eileen Miller knows just how hard it is to lose a child. She lost her son Paul in a deadly crash about two years ago.

“It gets harder as time goes on. You know it never ever leaves your heart or your soul. So my passion for road safety is 100% there,” said Miller.

She’s now an advocate for driving safety and said parents need to have serious conversations with their teens before they get in a car as a driver or a passenger.

“Every time they get out into that car, talk to them about the drinking, talk to them about the speeding, talk to them about putting that cell phone away and not having it out,” said Miller.

As part of National Teen Driving Safety Week PennDOT is also helping to bring attention to this issue.

Spokesman James May said he’s seen the importance of teen driver education first hand with his 17-year-old son.

“They`re very new to the whole concept, and I think sometimes those of us that have been driving for a little while, we don`t realize how much goes into the whole process of driving.  Keeping your eyes on the road, your ears, your mind focused,” said May.

Many safe driving advocates also said to keep our roads a little bit safer it`s important for parents to set that good example every time they get behind the wheel.

“Teenagers will look at us and say well mom or dad, if you do this why can`t I do this,” said May.

Miller knows teaching others safe driving won’t bring back her son Paul, but she hopes educating others can save other parents from experiencing the sadness she lives with every day.

“If I can effect one person, of not going through pain, of anything that we have gone through,” said Miller.

There are also a lot of online resources for parents and teens to help get that safe driving dialogue started. You can click here for more information.

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