Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19. Of the approximate 7,500 children killed annually in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, 6,000 of them are teenagers. The crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is 4 times higher than the risk for older drivers. Certain risky situations for teens include: driving at night, teenage passengers, alcohol and drugs, inexperience, distractions, and poor restraint use. The implementation of Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) has caused a 16-21% reduction in fatal crashes among 16 year old drivers.
The following documents provide some basic background information on teen driving injury prevention.
Parent's Safety Checklist
- Teen Vehicle Injury Prevention Checklist for Teens (PDF)
- Teen Vehicle Injury Prevention Checklist for Parents (PDF)
Links of Interest
Dr. Mary Aitken
Safe Teen Driving Links
Video made to teach parents how they can help their teens become safe drivers