101 Days of Summer: Get the Facts!
According to Youth Traffic Safety Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S.
- Each year, more than 5,000 teens (ages 16-20) are killed in passenger vehicle crashes.
- According to NHTSA, teenage drivers and passengers are among those least likely to wear their seat belts.
- While all teens are at a high-risk of experiencing a fatal crash, according to NHTSA, young males, pickup truck drivers and passengers, as well as people living in rural areas are also among those least likely to buckle up.
- Teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population, despite the fact that they are below the minimum drinking age in every State.
- Among 15- to 20-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2006, 31 percent of the drivers who were killed had been drinking and 77 percent of these drivers were unrestrained.
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Parents: Your Role
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the first year of driving is the most important year of driving for your teenager. The participation of parents can make a positive difference. Younger drivers are in a greater number of crashes than other age groups. The crashes that involve teens also tend to be more serious than crashes that involve only drivers in other age groups. The statistics below about younger drivers age 16 to 24 are not provided to alarm parents, but to alert parents:
• Drivers ages 16-24 represent 12% of the licensed drivers in New York State, but represent 20% of the drivers involved in crashes.
• 32% of all fatalities in the years 2004 through 2006 occurred in crashes that involved younger drivers.
• Younger drivers involved in fatal and personal injury crashes are twice as likely as all drivers in such crashes to have unsafe speed reported as a factor that contributed to the accident.
• Fatal and personal injury crashes that involve younger drivers are more likely to involve more than one vehicle than all the fatal and personal injury crashes.
10 Deadly Teen Driver Mistakes:
1. Risk taking
4. Rowdy riders
5. Cell phone use/Texting
6. MP3 players
7. Late night cruising
9. Peer pressure
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