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Teen Car Check at Pasco Autoplex

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PASCO, Wash. - According to the National Traffic Highway Safety statistics car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens nationwide.  

A number of recent deadly car crashes around the Tri-Cities has many parents concerned.

The Pasco Autoplex held a free inspection today.  Pasco police attended to educate people on road safety. 

Emily Esteli Garza is 17 years-old.  She is entering her senior year at Pasco High School.  She worked all summer to save money for her first car.  She said driving with her friends can be scary.

Garza said, "When they get to talking they driver really fast.  But then I'm like quit talking and watch the road. "

She said she has had a few close calls with her friends, "they ran a few stop signs and I was scared.  I don't want to die."

Her father brought her out for the free inspection and some safety tips.  She is the oldest of four children in her family.  He said it is tough knowing your kids are out on the road, but he is finding some comfort in today's event.

Jesse Garza said, "We want her to drive and want her to be a little more independent.  She's 17, but at the same time we're concerned about others on the road."

Today Pasco Police answered questions about new regulations on driver's licenses and talked about the rules of the road.  There were some demonstrations and a free car wash with the inspection.

Pasco Police Officer Dean Perry said, "They are just learning how to drive and they think they're a little more mortal than the rest of us."

Perry said new laws restricting the number of people a teen can have in the car has really helped protect teen drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety reports that inexperience is the leading cause of crashes among teens nationwide.