You may wonder where we get the fatality numbers we use in our stats. One of the primary places we look at total teen fatalities is through The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They track each crash throughout the country and record lots of data that researchers can use to slice and dice to get the information they need to study, educate, or document. We use this data because we can look at car crashes from many angles, but also because we can look at the specific trends of teens in different areas.
The Teens in the Driver staff is always anxious to see the numbers finalized, because we get to find out if Texas is still in a decline and we are thrilled this is the case again for 2012. This wraps up a decade of fewer fatalities! Texas has seen a year-over-year decline in 16 to 19 year-old driver fatalities, representing a 53% reduction for 16 to 19 year-olds (see graph). Texas is the only state where this has happened. This is something we should all be proud to claim we helped with!
Congrats, y’all. Let’s keep up the great work!