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National Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

Updated on October 20, 2014

Why Target Teen Drivers?

Teenagers have a higher rate of traffic violations than drivers in any other age group.

Fatal Injury/Crash Involvements Per 1,000 Drivers by Age:

  • 16 Years Old - 61.4
  • 17 Years Old - 46.2
  • 18 Years Old - 45.4
  • 19 Years Old - 37.8
  • ALL Ages - 16.8

This means that 16-year-olds have 3.7 times more fatal crashes than drivers of all ages, and 16 to 19-year-olds have 2.7 times more fatal crashes than drivers of all ages!

What is National Teen Driver Safety Week?

National Teen Driver Safety Week was designated by Congress as an annual time to raise awareness of various areas of teen driver safety, and to encourage both teens and their passengers to exercise safe behavior.

In 2014 the event takes place from October 19-25 with the theme “Support Older Novice Drivers: Build Awareness of the Trend in Delayed Licensure.”

This is important in today’s society when many youth do not obtain their licenses until after the age of 18 not only for economic reasons but also to avoid graduated driver licensing requirements. While these driver’s do not fall into the same category as teen drivers, these novice drivers still need how to remain safe on the road.

What Can I Do?

Do your part to help raise awareness this week by sharing this event on Twitter, Facebook, and your other social media accounts!

Did You Know?:

16 to 19-year olds receive more than twice as many citations than drivers of all ages!

Percent of Fatal Injury Accidents Caused by Primary Collision Factors

  • 35.3% - Unsafe Speed
  • 20.6% - Right-of-Way
  • 14.8% - Improper Turns
  • 8.1% - Sign/Signal
  • 5.1% - Alcohol/Drugs
  • 4.3% - Passing/ Lane Change
  • 3.1% - Wrong Side of Road
  • 8.7% - Other

Age Vs. Behavior

There is definitely a connection between the age of a driver and that person’s driving behavior as shown by safety researchers for many years. The general consensus is there is a greater risk of crashes when teenage drivers are involved than with any other drivers. In fact, the leading cause of death among teenagers all over the United States is auto accidents.

Did You Know?

  • Drivers who have had one prior crash are 1.5 times more likely to have subsequent crashes compared to drivers with no prior crashes.
  • Drivers with three prior crashes are 3.3 times more likely to have subsequent crashes compared to drivers with no crashes.
  • Drivers with only one prior point on their records have a subsequent crash rate 1.5 times higher than drivers with no points on their record.
  • Drivers with six or more driving points have a subsequent crash rate 2.5 times higher than drivers with no points on their record.

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