Decrease in Teen Driving Fatalities: Study Finds

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Enhanced driving laws have impacted the amount of teens involved in fatal crashes.

A recent AAA study analyzed teen driving data between 1994 and 2013. It found that the amount of people killed annually from accidents involving teens dropped from 56 to 51 percent. Even still, teens, compared to other drivers, have a higher rate of being involved in accidents.

“Teen drivers throughout the year have the highest crash rate of any age group and car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens,” said the Senior Public Relations Manager of AAA Ohio, Kimberly Schwind. “Luckily we continue to see the fatal crash rate for teen drivers dropping.”

Schwind contributed this decline to graduated driver licensing programs. The program gives stricter rules for teens right when they get their license. However, Schwind said there can still be more done.

“We still have a long way to go, so here in Ohio what we can do is enhance our GDL law even further to help make teens safer and everybody else on the roads safer,” she said.

Schwind said that the study shows inexperienced drivers don’t only put themselves at risk, but they put everyone else on the road at risk as well.

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