WSP: Teen driver was texting, Snapchatting and on FaceTime prior to rollover crash

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — A 17-year-old girl is now facing criminal charges after she pulled off a "hat trick" of distractions while driving along SR-503 in Southwestern Washington Friday morning. The girl was heading north near milepost 13 outside of Battle Ground when a car ahead of her slowed to turn into a driveway. That driver noticed the teen coming up fast behind her and tried to veer to the right, but her car was struck in the back left corner. The teen's car was spun around and rolled over, while the victim's car was knocked into a ditch, according to troopers. The teen was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The victim in the car ahead of her wasn't

Should you only use the left lane to pass?

Do you love the left lane? When you head out on the 215 , do you automatically steer toward the left lane because that’s traditionally where “faster” drivers are known to go? And while there’s nothing wrong with using the left lane as it’s intended, people who drive slowly in that lane could find themselves in trouble with the law. Much of the current misunderstanding over the left lane stems from the 55 mph national speed limit that was enacted in 1974, according to the National Motorists Association (NMA), a grassroots drivers’ alliance that lobbies for traffic regulations and safety issues. Before this, passing on the left was an unwritten rule of the road, but after the speed limit was e

Victims of Teen Distracted Driving

Almost every student I train has no idea the cell phone is required by law to be turned off in the car. One of the half a million tragic stories regarding distracted driving via cell phone is Jacy Good from PA. Jacy was leaving to return home in May 18, 08. She had just graduated from college. Her parents were with here in the car also. Her life was on track with a new job soon to start with Habitat for Humanity. Her steady boyfriend, Steve, was going to live with his parents for a year to save money. Then we were going to live together looking forward someday to a life together that would include a family. Jacy says the last thing she remembered was stopping for gas. I was eventually inf

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