DPS urges summer safety for teens

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding teenagers to play it safe while driving this summer.

Statistics show that crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States with 6,000 killed each year.

Troopers said Wednesday that is the equivalent of one commercial airliner full of teens crashing every week.

DPS is reminding teens not to text message while driving and always wear a seat belt.

"Last year, the Texas Highway Patrol gave out almost 5,000 tickets to teens between the ages of 15 and 19 for driving under the influence, speeding, and not wearing a safety belt," added Trooper Johnny Hernandez.

DPS is also warning teens that drag racing is another problem.

Under Texas state law, drag racing is an arrestable offense.