Teen Driver Laws Are Working According to New Report
A new study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that nationwide teen crash fatalities fell an amazing 48% from 2005 to 2014. These results are staggering as the study also showed that teens are 1.6 times more likely to be in a fatal car accident. In 2015, however, teen crashes grew 10% nationwide.
In Connecticut, the statistics have been a bit more unpredictable. In this study period, Connecticut teen auto accident fatalities were:
- 2006-2011: 25 fatalities per year (down from 61)
- 2012: 27 fatalities
- 2013: 37 fatalities
- 2014: 20 fatalities
- 2015: 26 fatalities
These fatalities are being attributed to inexperience behind the wheel, but the study found one thing, graduated licensing programs are helping. With all 50 states placing restrictions on teen drivers at varying levels, the biggest contributors to teen accident fatalities are distracted driving, speeding, and drowsy driving.