New Teen Drivers At Highest Risk For Involvement In Fatal Crashes
- Published: Friday, 18 August 2017 06:18
Young drivers three times as likely to face roadside tragedy as their adult counterparts
aaa released informaion recording new teen drivers ages 16 and 17 years old are three times as likely as adults to take part in a fatal crash, according to a new study by aaa.
aaa’s study results mark the beginning of the “100 Deadliest Days,” the time frame from Memorial Day to Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen crashes increases by fifteen percent, compared to the rest of the year.
In the Gem State, Idaho teens also continue to be over-involved in serious crashes. ITD reports that in 2015, drivers 19 and younger were involved in 2.4 times as many fatal or injury traffic crashes as would be expected based on the size of the demographic. The age group participated in 5,374 crashes, 232 of which resulted in a fatality or a serious injury.
“It’s an alarming trend. Our youngest drivers are clearly among our most vulnerable,” says aaa Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. “When teens get behind the wheel, everyone needs to understand that the stakes are high.”