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TYLER (KYTX) - Now that school is out, east Texas drivers ed courses are packed to the brim. One of the lessons students are learning is don't text and drive. Now, however, a study show more emphasis needs to be placed on the basics of safety.

A study funded by State Farm shows when it comes to teenage drivers, there is one other safety factor that doesn't get as much attention. It's speeding.

When we're given a driver's license, the expectation is to follow the rules of the road.

"You'll see a good line of probably about 8 cars zooming out of here and they skipping up the highway," said Zach Hatchet. He and his friends see speeding all the time.

 "Acknowledge there's other lives out there, its more than just you," he said.

The State Farm funded study done by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows between 2000 and 2011, there have been nearly 20,000 teen speeding related crashes.
The study shows when it comes to teenagers, the idea of not texting and driving is being hammered in, but the importance of following the speed limit isn't getting as much attention.

The report said about half of the fatalities involving a 16-year-old behind the wheel with three or more passengers are all related to speeding. Now the report suggest that if speeding and texting are put on the same playing field, those statistics just might curb.

"Many young people have a need for speed," said east Texas defensive driver instructor Gloria Washington.

She said she works to put equal emphasis on all safety factors.

"You place both of those in the same category, texting and driving and speeding," Washington said.

Her granddaughter, Vanessa Hayward, 9, is already being cautioned on road safety.

"Cause you could crash somebody and somebody could be killed."

 

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