BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)- It's National Teen Driver Safety Week and here in Louisiana and State Troopers are telling young drivers to wear their seat belts or be ready to "face the consequences."
Officials say teenage drivers and passengers have not embraced the message about the importance of wearing a seat belt and are still one of the least likely groups to buckle up.
From 2003 to 2008, stats show 73% of teen passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-20 killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts.
Troopers say if they had been as many as half would still be alive today.
Their message to teens is simple: "Buckle up, drive sober and avoid all distractions."