They are suggesting states review and possibly adjust their curfew times to get teens out of the driver's seat earlier.
“The hours in the state of Texas are midnight to 5am. If they have a provisional license they can't be on the street between midnight and 5am. That's important to know because that is state law.”
The curfew is tighter for 16 year olds in Wichita Falls.
“Here in Wichita Falls we also have a curfew for drivers 16 years of age. Our curfew by city ordinance is 11pm Sunday through Thursday and on the weekends it becomes midnight.”
Experts say driving after dark raises the risk for deadly crashes across all age groups. But the CDC says driving at night is especially challenging for teens because of their inexperience. Experts say teens don't get a lot of night driving experience because parents normally drive with them in the daytime when they can see better and most driving schools don't have the available hours to teach at night. Their advice to teens…
“Drive a little bit at a time maybe an hour or so at a time in the dark to get your eyes focused. If you get out there and you just drive how you normally drive in the daytime you're going to have a wreck somewhere.”
“I'll definitely wear my seatbelt, I'll go the speed limit and I'll be aware of my surroundings.”