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New Study: Fatal crash risk for teens with passengers rising, even as traffic deaths show 10-year decline

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.

Franklin High students launch peer program to encourage safer driving

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.