New research released for National Teen Driver Safety Week

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AURORA, Ill. (WAND) - New research about teen driving has been released for National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released new research that showed when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent.

When passengers 35 and older were riding with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased eight percent.

AAA said this is why it is especially important for teen drivers to get enough supervised driving training.
 
More than 1 million crashes with teen drivers were reported in 2016,  resulting in more than 3,200 deaths.

Researchers said when teens were carrying teen passengers, fatality rates jumped:

  • 56 percent for occupants of other vehicles
  • 45 percent for the teen driver
  • 17 percent for pedestrians and cyclists

 
"This analysis shows that in crashes where teen drivers are behind the wheel with a teen passenger, a larger portion of those killed are other road users," said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "This study also found the fatality rate of a teen-driver related crash increased when factors like speeding or driving at night, were introduced."

"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 Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "Parents of teens must take this rite of passage seriously by setting and consistently enforcing rules to limit teenage passengers in the vehicle."

 AAA recommends requiring teens to log at least 100 hours of supervised practice driving with a parent before driving solo.

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