Study: Teen drivers with teen passengers increase highway fatality risk


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new study of national crash statistics shows that teen drivers create a significant risk to everyone on the road when there’s even just one other teen in the young driver’s car.

The traffic safety nonprofit AAA analyzed national crash data from 2016 and found that when a teen driver has one or more teen passengers in their car, the fatality rate for all people involved in a potential crash increased 51 percent.

The most at risk were people in other vehicles, who had a fatality rate of 56 percent. The teen drivers themselves had a fatality rate of 45 percent.

“Teens simply lack experience behind the wheel, which increases the odds of a deadly outcome, not just for the teen driver, but for their passengers and others on the roadways,” said Nick Jarmusz, the director of public affairs for AAA, in a press release.

AAA says it’s important for parents to be aware of the increased risk and perhaps create rules around the kind and number of passengers their teens are allowed to have in their cars.

The nonprofit advises parents to supervise teen drivers for at least 100 hours before letting them drive alone.

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