Thursday, September 26th, 2013
New research suggests that novice teenage drivers (age 15-17) are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers (age 18-24) to have a fatal crash if teenage passengers are in the motor vehicle. Moreover, that teen passenger risk has grown greater over the past decade, even as total numbers of crash deaths have dropped dramatically for young drivers.
The analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) looked at ten years of national data on fatal crashes in which teen passengers (age 13-17) were present at the time of the crash. Researchers then compared patterns for novice drivers with those of young adult drivers to arrive at a “relative risk index” to illustrate the greater danger faced by the youngest drivers as compared to those with a few years of driving experience.
Friday, September 21st, 2012
Teen driver crashes have been on a decline statewide and nationwide in recent years, but researchers note that the growing problem of distracted driving stands in the way of continued improvement. Statewide studies funded by the California OTS showed that observed cell phone use among 16- to 24-year-olds doubled from 9 percent in 2011 to 18 percent in 2012.
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Savannah students start peer-driven safety program after survey illustrates risky driving behaviors.
Friday, July 8th, 2011
State Farm is the largest corporate sponsor of the growing peer-based safety program.
Monday, March 7th, 2011
For information: Jill Goldberg, 404-631-1828 (office) – Georgia DOT;Cindy Ball, 770-860-4226 (office) – Rockdale County Schools; Bernie Fette, 979-777-7532 (cell) – Texas Transportation Institute CONYERS, Georgia – Local teens are largely unaware of the dangers they face as new drivers,…
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
For release: December 8, 2010 For more information: Bernie Fette Office: 979-845-2623 / Cell: 979-777-7532 Cypress Falls students launching new safety program after survey shows pattern of risky driving behaviors A recent survey shows that Cypress Falls students are more…
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
For release: February 17, 2010 For more information: Bernie Fette Office: 979-845-2623 / Cell: 979-777-7532 Garland’s teen drivers show significant safety improvements GARLAND – Safer driving habits for Garland teenagers have helped to sharply reduce fatal crashes in the community,…
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
For immediate release: September 24, 2009 For more information: Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623 (office) or 979-777-7532 (cell) Texas teen drivers are more aware of the danger posed by cell phones than they were a year ago, and they are less likely…
Monday, July 27th, 2009
For immediate release: 2 p.m. CDT, July 27, 2009 For more information: Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623 (office) or 979-777-7532 (cell) The rate of fatal teen crashes is declining faster and more steadily in Texas than in any other state, thanks in…