Teen involvement in deadly crashes sees significant decrease

Frederick Owens
October 18, 2017

SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation encourages teens to drive safely and urges parents to talk to their teens about safe driving habits during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is October 15 - 21.

"This week is dedicated to focusing attention on setting rules for your teen driver before allowing them to get behind the wheel", said CHP Acting Commissioner Warren Stanley.

Traffic crashes in Nebraska a year ago killed 218 people and 26 of those deaths were drivers under the age of 20.

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State Farm officials say the rate of teens involved in deadly crashes in IL has dropped 45 percent; only 132 teens were involved in 2015, compared to 239 in 2005. Nearly 100,000 teen passengers or drivers were injured in motor vehicle collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In casualty crashes involving youth, distracted driving is the top contributing factor at 34%, followed by speed at 17%, and impaired driving at 7%.

The Halton Regional Police Service is again reminding residents of the dangers of distracted driving to mark the fifth annual National Teen Driver Safety Week. "If you're a parent, guardian, or mentor to a teen driver, lead by example and encourage them to put the phone down and focus on the road". National rates also followed a similar pattern, with the number of teens involved in deadly crashes dropping almost 43 percent. "The extraordinarily high teen crash rates are unacceptable and it is our core mission to save lives", says Charlie Klauer, a research scientist and the leader of the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. This will help other drivers to see your vehicle more easily.

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