The report, which states that traffic deaths involving 16-and 17-year-old drivers are up by 19 percent between the first six months of 2011 and the first six months of 2012.
New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
The number of young teen drivers killed in traffic accidents in the United States grew for the first time in more than 10 years following years of steady decline. According to a Feb. 26 CNN report, 25 states reported increases for the first half of last year among drivers ages 16 and 17. The data came from the Governors Highway Safety Association's (GHSA) "Spotlight on Highway Safety" report, which states that traffic deaths involving 16-and 17-year-old drivers are up by 19 percent between the first six months of 2011 and the first six months of 2012.
If the final 2012 data follows this trend, then, 2012 would be the second year in a row of increases in teen driver deaths, following eight years of decline, the GHSA report affirms. The study attributes the recent increase in teen driver deaths to the partial economic recovery that has taken place, leading to more teens driving and being exposed to greater risk. Another possible explanation is that fewer states have been strengthening their Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems in recent years. The report also states that teen driving deaths may have increased due to driver distractions caused by cell phones and other electronic devices.
It is important that parents play an exemplary role when it comes to the safety of their teen children, said New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "Parents need to be positive role models for their children. If parents are talking on the cell phone or texting while driving, that sets a bad example for their children."
In addition, states must make GDL programs more effective, Wilhelm said. "The more hands-on training these young drivers get, the more they learn about being safe drivers. GDL programs that focus on eliminating distracted behavior should augment drivers' training. Distracted driving accounts for a rising number of horrific accidents involving teenagers."
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