New safe driving campaign for kids and adults

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WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- The state Division of Motor Vehicles has launched a campaign to help curb teen crashes and deaths on the road.

The goal of the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program is to prepare teens by both drivers’ education classes and by their parents.

"Some parents just think that six hours in the car driving is it and turn them loose,” said Randy Wiles of Wiles Driving School. “But that's not good enough."

A recent study by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows teens were half as likely to crash and 71 percent less likely to drive drunk if their parents helped teach them how to drive.

Officials want parents to go beyond the required 72 hours of supervised driving teens need to get a permit.

Under the new campaign, when a teen gets their permit, they'll also get a printed curriculum for their parents with tips on when and where they should take them driving.

"Talk to them while their driving, explain things that they're doing," Wiles said.

Extra coaching 14-year-old student drivers like Elizabeth Bryson says it has helped make for a smoother ride. She’s in her third driving class with Wiles but says she’s making progress because of the driving she’s already done with her father.

"I'll be sitting in the car and I'm turning, and he'll be like, 'Smooth, Elizabeth, smooth,’” Bryson said recalling her father’s instructions.

"I think everyone needs to be well educated on the rules and how to drive," she said.

In 2012, North Carolina teens had 40,717 crashes resulting in 71 deaths and more than 9,000 injuries, according to state DMV records.

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