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

Links of Interest

Source/Contact Information
Dr. Mary Aitken
aitkenmary@uams.edu

Hope Mullins
mullinssamanthah@uams.edu

Safe Teen Driving Links

 
Video made to teach parents how they can help their teens become safe drivers

Video Resources


Teens Driving Smart & Safe (2008)

Did you know?

2/3 of teens who die in a motor vehicle crash are unrestrained.

FARS estimates that every day, 20 youth 16-20 years old are killed and 1,368 are injured in motor vehicle crashes.

The crash risk for teen drivers is four times greater with three or more teenage passengers.

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