A recently published report has found that teen driver fatalities have decreased by about 47 percent since 2007. The report, which was a joint effort between State Farm Insurance and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, disclosed a number of key and hopeful findings including that, between 2008 and 2011:
- More than 54 percent of teenage passengers reported always buckling their seatbelts when riding in vehicles.
- Teenage passenger deaths due to failing to wear a seatbelt decreased by more than 20 percent.
- The number of teen passengers killed when another teenager was driving dropped by approximately 30 percent.
- The number of teenage passengers who reported riding in cars with intoxicated teen drivers decreased by nearly 15 percent.
The report cited improved Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs, as well as improved education to teen drivers, as among the top reasons for such decreases in teen passenger and teen driver fatalities. Effective GDL programs, which are aimed at honing teen driving skills under supervised and low-risk situations, typically include some combination of:
- Mandatory minimum requirements for adult-supervised driving practice (with minimums typically being at least 50 hours)
- Restrictions on having teen passengers in teenage drivers’ vehicles within the first year of drivers having their drivers licenses
- Prohibition of unsupervised driving at night and use of a cellphone at any time when driving
- Mandatory seatbelt use for everyone in a vehicle
While the findings of this report do offer some promising statistics on teenage drivers and passengers, the report also pointed out that there is still a long way to go in terms of curbing teen drivers’ distractions when it comes to cellphone use when driving.
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