Teen Driving a Major Safety Concern

The summer 2010 issue of The Safety Report magazine listed the following worrisome facts about teen driving:

In 2006, drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 were involved in nearly one million accidents that led to over 400,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers, accounting for 36% of deaths in that age group.

Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have a greater risk of being involved in an automobile accident than any other age group.

The probability for a teen suffering an injury in an automobile crash increases with each additional passenger in the car.

One-third of all teen drivers are involved in an automobile accident in their first year of driving.

Driving is a great privilege and can be a real convenience to parents tired of having to be at several places at once due to their kids’ hectic schedules. Driving a vehicle is a dangerous activity, however, especially for the novice driver. Recent laws that restrict the ability of teens to drive with other teens make great sense in light of the accident statistics, and should be enforced by parents as well as the police.