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AAA finds teens kill others more often than themselves

Posted by lapearce on March 9, 2009

It has been confirmed that the teen car crash death epidemic in the United States has an even larger effect on other people than it does on the under-educated teen driver.

AAA released a study last week that revealed that teen drivers kill twice as many passengers, occupants in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, etc than they do themselves. According to AAA, “Nationally, between 1998 and 2007, crashes involving 15-, 16- and 17-year-old drivers killed 28,138 people, of whom 10,388 (36.9%) were teen drivers themselves. The remaining 17,750 (63.1%) deaths included 8,829 passengers of the teen drivers, 6,858 occupants of other vehicles operated by adult drivers, and 2,063 non-motorists and others.”

Now, there is good news, teen drivers are becoming better drivers due to Graduated Drivers License programs, which California does have. However, AAA says that 49 states fall short of the AAA guidelines for these programs. AAA also strongly urges the involvement of parents, which California doesn’t do. Why not have the parents attend a portion of driver’s ed with their child? Or offer a separate program to instruct parents on how to best teach their children how to drive?

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