This week, Teens in the Driver Seat® will be in Conyers, Georgia to release and discuss a new study completed by the Texas Transportation Institute. The findings illustrate how much they know about driving risk factors and how often they engage in risky driving behavior. Results suggest that Rockdale students are generally more aware of driving dangers, especially with respect to cell phone use while driving, a problem which has received increased attention in recent years. Researchers conducted a similar survey at Duluth High School in 2007.
More than 50,000 teen drivers in Georgia each year are involved in traffic crashes, by far the number-one killer of young people. Researchers attribute the crashes to inexperience, combined with one or more of the five main risks that plague young drivers: driving at night, distractions (primarily cell phones, texting and other teen passengers), speeding, low seat belt use, and alcohol. Researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute surveyed Rockdale High School students in February. The findings illustrate how much they know about driving risk factors and how often they engage in risky driving behavior.
Teen driver crashes have been on a decline in Georgia and nationwide in recent years, but the percentage of teen-driver fatal crashes happening at night has increased by 18 percent – nearly twice the national average – further illustrating how nighttime driving is the greatest danger facing young drivers. After a pilot effort at Duluth High School in 2007, the program has spread to several more Georgia High Schools, most recently at Rockdale.
Read the News Release.
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