Teens Distracted While Driving Becomes Real Problem

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 6:34 am
Eric Okerblom

Eric Okerblom, 19, Santa Maria, Ca., was killed by a distracted teen driver while riding his bike.

Distractions while driving are a major problem for today’s teens. In the last month alone 7 teens from the area have past away do to distracted driving of some sort.

Everyday 11 teens on average die on American roads from simply being distracted. These are all preventable accidents that do not need to happen. “Save 11” is a national call-to-action to support the STANDUP Act, which would enforce graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws nationally — a three-stage process for acquiring a driver’s license, beginning with a learner’s permit at age 16, and which also imposes a series of restrictions to ensure the safety of new teen drivers.

Dr. Bob Okerblom and Mrs. Eilene Okerblom from Santa Maria, Ca. had a 19 year old son who was killed while riding his bike down a country road when a distracted young driver hit him and ended his life prematurely.

They are now advocating the STANDUP Act to the fullest. They strongly believe that stricter driving restrictions for young teens will prevent accidents like this one from ever happening.

I had an opportunity to interview the Okerblom’s about their son, the SAVE 11 campaign, and what they think should be done to help prevent any mother, father or family from ever having to go through this situation.

Here is the full interview about what happened to Eric and what the Save 11, and STAND UP Act is all about.

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  1. PC Person 05/20/10 at 7:43am

    Where is this family from? Which county road?

  2. PC MOM 05/20/10 at 10:41am

    PC Person, read the story. They said “country road” not county road, and I believe it says from California.

  3. PC Person 05/20/10 at 3:14pm

    It was added/corrected later. Thanks.

  4. anonymous 05/27/10 at 11:37pm

    Santa Maria, CA

    Telephone Road.
    I was a class mate of erics. Very sad day.

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