Teenage Driver Fatalities by State: 2012 Preliminary Data

Based on preliminary data, there is evidence that in the first six months of 2012 driver deaths of 16- and 17-year-olds have increased, and the increases are substantially more than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) projected increases in total motor vehicle deaths for the first half of 2012. This is the second year in a row that 16-year-old driver deaths have increased, after having dropped steadily and sharply in prior years. The deaths of 17-year-olds were about the same in 2010 and 2011, after earlier decreases, and are now moving higher. Despite these changes, deaths for both 16- and 17-year-old drivers are relatively low on a historic basis. Substantial further reductions in deaths can be achieved by strengthening graduated driver licensing systems and by improving compliance with the provisions. There is a need to improve driver education and training programs so that all young beginners can have access to high-quality training. Additionally, the many programs addressing young drivers should be subjected to scientifically-based evaluation, and resources should be concentrated on those shown to have positive effects.


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  • Accession Number: 01476339
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 20 2013 9:59AM