PANAMA CITY, Fla. - In the aftermath of the wreck that killed Rutherford High School student, Kyle Demaio, law enforcement is encouraging young motorists to have safe driving habits.
This isn't the first time that a Bay County student has been killed in a wreck on their off campus lunch break.
Because of this accident, authorities want to remind everyone to be aware of other drivers on the road and to be extremely cautious, especially near schools.
"Teen drivers are very inexperienced drivers. They're more susceptible to crashes out of all drivers out on the road just based on inexperience," said Lt. Eddie Elmore, Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities said that while there are many distractions with driving.. a lot of teenage accidents are due to a lack of experience.
"With inexperienced drivers, they don't pick up on the hazards that might be coming," said Elmore.
Hazards, like change in speeds, road conditions, and even being able to predict what another driver might do.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office agrees.
BCSO, Public Information Officer, said that it is important to take the time and really teach your kids during the learning phase of getting their license.
"I think one of the things you can do is spend more time with your child in a car as they learn to drive, as they become drivers," said Ruth Corley, Bay Co. Sheriff's Office.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office also hosts a 'Teen Drivers Challenge' periodically.
It is free to all teens learning to drive.
All you have to do is sign up through the Bay County Sheriff's Office, or a school resource officer.
The next teen driver challenge will be held on February 17, 2018.
Get more information by calling the bay county sheriffs office at (850)747-4700.
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