Nightly News | May 31, 2012
>>> car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in this country. and a big factor in some of those accidents can be distractions. so kids dealing with attention deficit disorder are faced with a major challenge when it comes time for them to learn to drive. but there are things parents can do to keep everyone just a little bit safer. here's nbc's rehema ellis.
>> it's image is like these that make parents of every young driver cringe.
>> oh, my god, oh, my god.
>> this girl was lucky and not seriously hurt. for most teenagers, staying focused is one of the toughest things about learning to drive. it's even harder for teens like 17-year-old annie who has adhd , attention deficit hyperactivity disorder where.
>> i have know it a while now.
>> adhd teens are the largest and most studied group of young drivers with diagnosed attention problems. they're two to four times more likely to have an accident than other drivers. researchers have spent years documenting how adhd teen drivers repeatedly get into trouble.
>> they don't pay attention to cars ahead of them, stop lights, cross traffic , and then all of a sudden, they'll detect an emergency and then they impulsively react in a dangerous way.
>> she can overcome those things by very specific learning tools.
>> with her mom, annie is taking action that studies show have been helpful to teenagers like her.
>> next intersection, turn left.
>> she's on medication. delayed getting her learner's perimate to gain another year of maturity and enrolled in a driving school that puts adhd teenagers through a tougher course with diving simulators, online training , and extra practice. they say even with extra training, adhd teenagers should be strict, to limit cell phones, passengers, music, even keep pets out of the car.
>> you have the right of way. go ahead.
>> don't think i'm 100% ready, but when i get there, i'm going to be like, oh, my god snmptd.
>> one determined teenager turning the corner with greater focus and a greater control behind the wheel.