Oct 4, 2013 7:53 PM by akeam ashford
According to the state Highway Safety Commission, there was a spike in crash deaths among 16- and 17-year-old drivers in 2012.
This despite years of trying to teach teen drivers not to text or drink while driving.
But there are some programs trying to help. St. Martin Parish's Safe Communities program is one of five across the state.
The program promotes driving safety and teaches teens to minimize other dangerous activities.
In 2005, the St. Martin parish council voted to bring the program to the parish.
It's a part of a statewide initiative to reduce preventable car fatalities by eliminating the leading cause of deaths among teens.
Since the start of the state's Safe Communities Program, the use of seat belts in Louisiana has reached a record high of 82.5 percent this year.
Education programs like safe communities is contributing to the state's declining highway deaths across the country.