Education Matters: Teen Drivers


A new study shows that teenaged driving deaths are down, but that improved driver education training could lower them even further.

Teens are now nearly half as likely to be involved in a deadly crash than they were 10 years ago, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.  But, young adults, 18-20 years old, are the most likely to die in a car crash.

The deadliest time for those drivers is between 12am and 6am.

The study also found that Graduated Driver’s License programs like those used in Illinois do cut down on fatalities and need to be expanded.  They want to see GDL programs include all drivers under 21 years of age.

New Jersey currently does that, but it’s a difficult position politically since drivers at 18 are legally adults.  The study also urges parents to keep monitoring and coaching their kids’ driving even after they’ve turned 18, knowing they are still at a higher risk for a deadly crash.

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