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State Troopers to parents of teen drivers: 'Pay special attention to your young drivers'

(Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC) (Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC)

Alabama State Troopers want parents to be more mindful of their teenager drivers in light of several recent deadly accidents.

That most recent crash happened Wednesday on Highway 25 about 8 miles north of Centreville in Bibb County.

"It's always a good idea for minors to be extra cautious as you're traveling along the rural roads," according to Alabama State Trooper Reginal King.

A 12-year-old who wasn't wearing a seatbelt was thrown from a car driven by a 16-year-old that went off the road and flipped over. 

King wants parents to require teen drivers to follow the rules of the road.

"We encourage parents to pay special attention to your young drivers when we release them on the roadway," King explained.

The crash is one of three since August where teen drivers were involved in fatal accidents.

In September, Ra'hQwan Davis, an eighth grader at Greensboro Middle school died when a car he was riding in went off the road, crashed and burned in Hale County.

And in August, an 11-year-old boy died in a Tuscaloosa County crash where a car driven by a 17-year-old left the road and crashed into trees.

King suggested 16-year-old drivers follow a state law that prohibits them from driving between midnight and 6 a.m. and forbids them from driving with more than one person in the car other than someone who is a direct relative.

"And the entire purpose of that is to promote safety," King added.

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