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If your teenage is beginning to drive you should be concerned . The statistics on teen driving are scary.
Teen Driving Statistics National
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds.
16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
2,739 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2008, down 13.7% from 3,174 in 2007 and down 20.2% from 3,431 in 1998.
63% of teenage passenger deaths in 2008 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager.
In states with GDL programs that include at least five of the most important elements, there was a 20% reduction in fatal crashes involving 16-year-old driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2008:
Hand-held cellphone use was highest among 16- to 24-year-olds (8% in 2008, down from 9% in 2007).
37% of male drivers ages 15-20 who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time.
55%, or 2,014, of the 3,678 occupants of passenger vehicles ages 16-20 who were killed in crashes were not buckled up.
31% of drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking some amount of alcohol; 25% were alcohol-impaired, meaning they had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.
So with the child parent safe car driving contract you can place emphasis on those behaviors that cause accidents. You want to concentrate on speeding, the number of kids in the car , driving impaired, inattention as texting etc among the highlights. Also you want your child to not get in a car with a driver that is at risk. You need to help them recognize that.
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