Mike Singletary on responsible driving for teens 

The 49ers coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will team up with Midas and the National Safety Council on Saturday to kick off a campaign focusing on safe driving practices for teenagers. The event takes place at the San Francisco Midas outlet, 165 South Van Ness Ave., from 1 to 2 p.m.

How did you become involved with this campaign? Well, I’ve got seven kids, a few of them are driving right now, so it was just a natural connection.

With the advent of new technology like iPods and cell phones, do teens face more distractions when they drive now compared to when you were a teenager? Absolutely. When I was a kid, all we had was the radio. A song would come on and you might try to groove to that a little, but that was about it.

What advice do you give your own children who are now driving? When they’re driving, they should not pick up their phone — ever. They can pull over to the side of the road if they need to talk.

This is your first year with this campaign. Will this be something you work on in the future?
It’s a tremendous opportunity to save lives, and I’m looking forward to continue working on this for years to come.


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