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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.

Students start program after survey illustrates risky driving behaviors

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Savannah students start peer-driven safety program after survey illustrates risky driving behaviors.

$100,000 State Farm grant to safety program highlights deadliest crash month for teens

Friday, July 8th, 2011

State Farm is the largest corporate sponsor of the growing peer-based safety program.

Teen survey shows low awareness of driving dangers

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,

Cypress Falls students launching program after survey

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

Garland’s teen drivers show significant safety improvements

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,

Texas teen drivers show decline in cell phone use

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

Peer program & GDL law help Texas lead U.S. in reducing teen crashes

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

Channelview teens mirror others’ risky driving habits

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

For immediate release: January 21, 2009 For more information: Stephanie Schraeder, Channelview ISD, 281-452-8025 Bernie Fette, TDS, 979-777-7532 CHANNELVIEW – Local teens share a number of risky driving habits with other young drivers across Texas, according to a

Local teens launch peer-based program to prevent crash deaths and injuries

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

For immediate release: November 12, 2008 For more information: Jeanine Audette, 860-584-7043 Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623 (office) or 979-777-7532 (cell) BRISTOL – A recent study shows that area teenagers understand little about the main dangers they face on the road. In

Teens share credit for decline in crash deaths

Monday, October 20th, 2008

For immediate release: October 20, 2008 For more information: Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623 (office) or 979-777-7532 (cell) SAN ANTONIO – Teen traffic fatalities are seeing a sharp drop in Texas, and researchers say that part of the credit for the first

Pampa students launching new driver safety program after survey shows frequency of risky driving behaviors

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

For immediate release: May 14, 2008 For more information: Tracy Tellman, 806-356-3295 Bernie Fette, 979-845-2623 (office) or 979-777-7532 (cell) Students at Pampa High School are more likely to drive dangerously than other Texas high school students, even though

Rodriguez secures funding to reduce teen crash fatalities

Monday, April 7th, 2008

For immediate release: April 7, 2008 For more information: Joshua Rosenblum, 202-251-8432 or Shawna Russell, 512-565-3903 SAN ANTONIO – Congressman Ciro Rodriguez today announced a federal appropriation aimed at reducing the number of teen crash fatalities in Southwest Texas. Funding