By Len Ramirez

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Last year saw a ten percent spike in the number of fatal teen car crashes across the U.S.

Out of the 14,000 accidents, 4,200 involved speeding.

“Distractions, speeding, driving under the influence, those are the top three,” San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.

Garcia says he sees a combination of factors affecting teen drivers, and says parents should talk to their teens about what to do if they don’t feel safe getting in a car.

“They don’t want to be the person that says no, I’m not going to go with you, and to please your friend, you allow yourself to get into a situation that can cost your life,” Garcia said.

A teenage driver was lucky to leave with his life after crashing into a power pole late Wednesday night in San Jose.

In the North Bay, three teens weren’t so lucky – they were killed in a single car crash in Marin County.

Comments (3)
  1. Steve says:

    Glad to hear that more teens are dying in car crashes. Those annoying tw ats are a waste of an education to begin with.
    Let’s hope the rest of the year we will have more great news.

  2. Cause: The State stopped paying for driver education at school back in the ’90’s. Back then, the kids at least knew what was the *right* way to drive, even if they didn’t always listen.
    But today, there’s no one to teach them that. They simply learn whatever good/bad habits their parents have (or whoever is teaching them).

  3. Sam the Man says:

    Hope we get to read more stories about teens crashing their cars soon. They are always so much fun to read.