OVERVIEW OF THE YOUNG DRIVER PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES

Young, beginning drivers have greatly elevated crash rates in comparison with older drivers, and motor vehicle crashes involving both drivers and passengers are a major contributor to the deaths in this age group. The crashes of young drivers are patterned differently than those of older drivers, and their crash characteristics can provide guidance in addressing the young driver problem. This paper provides an overview of the extent of the motor vehicle crash problem in this age group and its main features. The features of young driver crashes identified in this paper (speeding, high nighttime risk, low seat belt use, other teenagers in the car, alcohol-impaired driving) can assist in identifying ways to deal with this problem.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 6-8
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1996 12:00AM