Teen Driving

Teen Driving

A driver’s license is among the most prized possession of a youth and a reason

for concern for most parents. Today there are over 26 million young drivers in the

United States. Motor vehicle accidents are unnecessary high among young drivers

between the ages of 15-20. Accidents risks decline with increased experience, but with

more newly licensed teenagers driving, the greater their risk for being involved in a

accident. Hence, the dilemma facing policy makers and parents is how to provide young

drivers with driving experience without unduly increasing their accident risk. Youth

drivers between the ages of 15-20 years old accounted for 31 percent of all motor

vehicle accidents and are the leading cause of death. Unless commitments are made to

bring together diverse groups to change laws and to educate the public about the dangers

of youth drivers we will continue to have senseless death among are young.

There are over 210 million licensed drivers in the United States. Young drivers

between 15 and 20 years old account for 26.1 million of the total number of licensed

driver in the United States. Motor vehicular accidents are the leading cause of death for

15-20 year old. Research has shown that 77 percent of all fatal accidents involving

young drivers were due to underestimating hazardous situations, running red lights and

making illegal turns (Ferguson, 2006, pp. 23-26).Young people have the highest

reported rates of weekly and monthly drinking and drug use. They also have the highest

rate (23 percent) of driving after drinking and drug use. Furthermore, 15-20 year old

drivers, particularly males, tend to be high risk takers, in that they have relativity high

rates of speeding and aggressive driving offensives. Of the number of young driver

killed in accidents almost 75 percent were not wearing seat belts (Statistics & Analysis).


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