Car crashes leading cause of death in Americans ages 16 to 19

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By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News

EUGENE, Ore. -- A local family has launched a program to help keep teen drivers safe.

Now that their own son is getting his license, they will use the system on him.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death in American teens ages 16 to 19.

That's why Barry and Valerie Peterson came up with this monitoring system.

They said they want to decrease traffic deaths in teens.

The program lets people in the community monitor how teens are driving.

Parents register online and get a ID number that is on a bumper sticker.

Then people in the community can go to the Web site: safeteendriveronline.com,

Type in the ID number and leave a message for parents about their teen's driving.

"I think it will heighten his awareness of the fact that the community is watching him and helping to keep him safe on the road," said Valerie about her son Tyler.

Tyler turned 16 on Saturday and will be taking his drivers test on Monday.

"It is kind of nice to have a little more freedom and drive where I want," said Tyler.

Eventhough Tyler is ready to hit the road alone he knows that one of these bumper stickers will be riding along with him.

Valerie Peterson admitted she was nervous about her son driving. She said the constant reminder of the sticker on his car will make him a better driver.

"Just knowing it is going to keep him in check of what he is doing and make sure that he's obeying the speed limit and obeying all the traffic laws,"said Valerie Peterson.

Barry Peterson said he doesn't think most kids will be happy about the sticker.

But parents are in favor of the community monitoring their teen's driving habits.

"It will be able to give the parents some peace that they know what their children are doing out there on the road," said Barry Peterson.

The Petersons will donate all of their proceeds for the month of March to the Jacobi Mulgrave Medical Fund.

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