The CDC report has put forth some encouraging information. However, parents must remain vigilant and talk to their teens about safe driving habits, particularly about avoiding cell phones, texting and other distractions while behind the wheel.
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 9, 2010 —
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that fewer teenagers are being involved in car accidents, but this encouraging news should not be viewed as a sign that we can relax efforts to educate teens about safe driving, says Steven Schwartzapfel, a New York personal injury lawyer who handles car accident legal claims.
“The CDC report has put forth some encouraging information,” says Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Partners Law Firm. “However, parents must remain vigilant and talk to their teens about safe driving habits, particularly about avoiding cell phones, texting and other distractions while behind the wheel.”
In the U.S., about one third of teen deaths are caused by auto accidents, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report dated October 22, 2010. Data used for the report indicated that from 2004 through 2008, 9,644 automobile drivers aged 16 and 17 were involved in fatal vehicle accidents.
The data also showed that when the years of 2004 and 2008 were compared, there was a 38 percent reduction in the number of car accidents involving 16 and 17 year olds. Based on five-year annualized rates, that equated to 9.7 fatal crashes involving 16 and 17 year olds per 100,000 people in the states of New York and New Jersey.
The report reinforced the need for states to continue to update and improve graduated driver licensing programs and to enforce DWI laws and seatbelt regulations to help prevent fatal car crashes involving teenagers.
“There are many hazards related to driving, and these hazards can be particularly dangerous to inexperienced drivers,” Schwartzapfel said. “It is vital that parents, schools and New York communities do everything possible to educate and protect young drivers.”
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