Teen Driver Safety Awareness and Education Key in Reducing Car Accident Fatalities
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, accounting for 35% of the approximately 5,000 teenagers that die every year.
Recent studies have shown that inexperience and immaturity, speeding and distracted driving, including cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, all contribute to teenage driving accidents. These factors, combined with irresponsible driving behaviors, add to teens’ dangerous driving habits and their accident fatality statistics.
Educating teens is an important step in creating awareness to improving their driving behaviors and reducing preventable deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a multi-tiered strategy for preventing motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teenage drivers. Increased parental responsibility and intervention by other adults are key to that strategy.
Our accident attorneys encourage parents throughout New York, including those in Binghamton, to support their teens as they take to the road. Carefully monitoring their driving skills and providing constant feedback to teenage drivers can help them develop safe driving practices keeping our New York highways safe.
Following are efforts that adults can undertake to help keep our teens and other drivers safe:
Seat belt use. Seat belt awareness campaigns for teens continue, but observed seat belt use among teens and young adults (16 to 24 years old) in 2006 was the lowest of any age group, at 76 percent. Also during 2006 for 16- to 20-year-olds, 58% of teens in fatal motor-vehicle crashes were unbuckled.
Graduated Drivers’ Licensing. Most states have graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to help keep the youngest drivers from unrestricted driving. New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to Congress for a national GDL to standardize requirements. One proposal includes three-stage licensing with restrictions in the first two stages on allowable passengers, nighttime driving, cell phone usage (allow only for emergencies), with unrestricted licensing at age 18.
Teen Alcohol Access. Despite the fact that all 50 states have a legal drinking age of 21, enforcing the drinking laws is still needed to reduce fatal accidents in the 15- to 20-year-old age group. Thirty-one percent of drivers in that age group who were killed in 2006 had been drinking, and 77 percent of these drivers were not wearing seat belts. The NHTSA reports that enforcement of underage purchase, possession, and provision laws can create a significant deterrent for violation of youth access laws, reduce consumption, and decrease alcohol-related crash involvement.
The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law applaud the NHTSA efforts to focus on teen driving safety. Parents and other adults should educate teens in responsible driving behaviors to keep our roads safer. Enforcing existing laws and encouraging good driving behaviors can help our teens keep themselves and their passengers safe. Teen and adult drivers should remain alert and aware at all times to other drivers to prevent driving accidents and fatalities.
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