Teen Driving Safety
Trends in Driver Licensing Status and Driving among High School Seniors in the United States, 1996–2010
From the Journal of Safety Research
From the Journal Gazette
The report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) compared fatal car crashes involving 16- and 17-year-olds from the first six months of 2011 against the first six months of 2012.
Nationwide, there was a 19 percent increase.
Indiana had the highest increase in the country: Three such fatal crashes happened in 2011 compared to 16 last year, according to the report.
From CBS News
In a large national survey, nearly half of all respondents 16 years or older admitted to having texted while driving behind the wheel.
Additionally, the teens who admitted to the risky behavior are more likely to engage in others, like irregular seat belt use and drinking while driving, according to a study released Monday by the journal Pediatrics.
From USA Today
States should reduce the blood-alcohol level that qualifies as drunken driving to 0.05% to reduce fatal crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday.
The risk of a crash at 0.05% is about half as much as at 0.08%, the limit in all states, according to a safety board report released Tuesday.
Young drivers have higher motor vehicle crash rates compared to other drivers, and understanding the reasons for this would help to improve safety. This study, therefore, investigated characteristics and contributory causes of young-driver crashes and developed multinomial logit models to identify severity affecting factors. It was found that teen drivers were more likely to be involved in crashes due to failure to give time and attention and falling asleep.
Forty-three percent of American high school students admit to texting while driving, according to a new study.
The findings show that too many teens are ignoring warnings about the risks of this dangerous habit. Research has demonstrated that texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by 23 times, and many experts say texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
MADD is warning parents of teenagers that drunk driving is not the only underage drinking concern. Its analysis of federal data estimates that just 32% of underage drinking deaths are traffic-related.
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