Teen DriversThe Risks and How to Stay SafeA Look at the NumbersCar crashes are the #1 cause of death for 14-18 year olds.DUE TO CAR ACCIDENTS in 2010
2,700 teens were killed
282,000 teens were admitted to the ER
In the first month of holding a driver’s license, there is an even higher risk of getting into a car accident.
In 2011, 1/5 of teen drivers license killed in car crashes did not have a valid driver’s license.
Almost 2x as many male teenage drivers and passengers died as female teenage drivers and passengers.
Over HALF of the teens (passengers and drivers) killed were not wearing seat belts.
Per mile driven, teen drivers are 3x more likely to be in a fatal car accident than drivers aged 20 and up.
11% of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal car 21% crashes were distracted drivers.
Of those teens, 21% were distracted by their cell phone.
35% of teens involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
Teen drivers are more likely to:
Leave less space between cars
Refrain from using seatbelts
In 2011, over 2,000 teen drivers were involved in car crashes in which someone died.
From 2007-2011, the number of teen drivers killed fell by 44%.
GDL (Graduated Learner) programs correlate with reductions of up to 40% in fatalities and injuries
Graduated Driver Licensing gradually phase in teen drivers, with restrictionsLEARNER
No younger than 16
For 6 months
30-50 of parental supervision
No nighttime driving- starting at 9 or 10 pm
No teen passengers
Ban on all cellphone use
Active parents- supervision to ensure safe habits, and good role modeling
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