TULSA - Most parents think their teenaged drivers obey the law on the restrictions provided under the graduated licensing law in Oklahoma, but most teens admit they don't.
That conclusion comes from a poll conducted by State Farm Insurance.
Jim Camariano, a spokesman for the insurance company, says the poll asked two key questions which showed a disconnect between parents' expectations and teens' behavior.
The poll asked about night time restrictions in Oklahoma, where if you don’t have your full license, you’re restricted from driving between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless it's for work, an emergency, or a school function.
69% of parents said their teens follow that law, but less than half (48%) of teens said they do.
Drivers on the graduated license also can not have more than one peer outside the immediate family in the vehicle.
70% of parents say their teens obey the restriction, but only 43% of teens admit to doing so.
Camariano points out that teens have three times the risk of dying in a crash as opposed to older drivers.
The company has begun a national campaign to raise awareness, and to educate teens, during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-26.
It's called "Celebrate My Drive," and it involves a contest where people can register and vote for their high school.
Camariano says "The insurer will dole out a total of $3.25 million among 100 schools with the most commitments (votes). In addition, two schools will receive a free concert by former American Idol and grammy award-winning star Kelly Clarkson.
10 schools will get $100,000, 90 schools will get $25,000, and two schools will win the grand prize -- a concert featuring Kelly Clarkson.
A school administrator first has to register the school online to enter it into the contest.
So far, only a handful of schools in the Tulsa area have registered.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. CDT October 17.