Given that we’re talking about the safe-space needing, politically correct, Tide Pod eating generation that is confused about its genderation, it’s amazing that only half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school a study shows.
While the rate of teen driver-involved crashes has declined significantly over the last decade, there is still significant work to be done.
A fresh look at 10 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) shows the improvements in teen-involved fatal crash rates have not been as dramatic for older teens (ages 18-20) as compared to their younger counterparts (ages 15-17), and teen drivers are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults.
The report examines the differences in fatal crashes between older and younger teens, as well as by gender, and provides a set of 11 policy and best practice recommendations for states to implement.
The report was funded through a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. The data analysis was conducted by Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, and the report was researched and written by national teen driving expert Pam Fischer.
Parental involvement doesn’t end when a child gets a license. Teen drivers who continue to practice with their parents increase their chances of avoiding a crash. This report from the Governors Highway Safety Association offers more information.
Here are some statistics from NOYS:
66% of teen passengers who die in a crash are not wearing a seat belt
58% of teens involved in crashes are distracted
25% of car crashes involved an underage drinking driver
5% of teen deaths in crashes are pedestrians and 10% are bicyclists
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 12th, 2018