Yes, we're poor drivers: Speeders, red light runners, inattentive drivers common threats (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 17:14 PM.

"We try to help people but not everybody realizes it at the time," he said. "Like that young lady: Maybe her parents will give her a little remedial driving training. Maybe instead of giving her a radar detector they'll take it out and teach her to drive the speed limit."

With only one driver education teacher at Crestview High, Pereira said too many young drivers are not receiving thorough training.

"They don't know how to drive on a highway. They don't know how to merge," he said. "They don't know how to do many things because they're not taught it."

Parents, who are supposed to supervise their children's 50 hours of road-driving time required for a driver's license, are often also unskilled, and pass poor driving habits on to the next generation of motorists, Pereira said.

Slowing down, paying attention and obeying red lights would eliminate most of the city's traffic accidents, Pereira said.

"It's a statistical certainty, proven over and over: The more people obey traffic law, the fewer crashes we have," he said.

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