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Study Reveals Increase in Teen Fatality Rates in Car Accidents

By Stuart Arlen Subscribe to RSS | June 7th 2012 | Views:
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According to a study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association last month, more teenagers are dying in fewer accidents this year. It is theorized that this hike in teenage fatalities is due to smaller, quicker cars that young drivers are operating. The study used data from all fifty states and the District of Columbia to establish that teen traffic fatalities were up from 190 to 211; an increase of 11% in the first six months of 2011.

The study casts a shadow on the optimistic news that that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released earlier this month stating that total traffic fatalities decreased by slightly less than one percent during that same first six months of 2011. Twenty-three states reported increases in fatalities, nineteen reported decreases, while eight states and the District of Columbia remained the same. It is theorized that the increase may be due to the residual leveling of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws. While these GDL laws and programs appear to be helping, more can be done to save potential lives.

Parents and teachers can take an active role in decreasing teenager traffic fatalities by proactively establishing safe driving habits for their teens and improving driver education classes. Not allowing teenagers to drive late at night, banning the use of electrical communication devices while driving, are just two of the steps parents can take to increase the odds of safe driving. A recent study suggested that most parents believe that more driver training should be necessary.By establishing stricter requirements on driver's education courses, we can better prepare young people for the dangers they will encounter on the open road.

Congress also has a chance to protect young drivers from possible fatalities. The upcoming highway reauthorization bill could provide financial incentives to states that have or will strengthen teen driving laws. By providing financial incentives and increasing the budget for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we could potentially determine the most effective ways to increase teen seat-belt use and compliance with the GDL laws.

While the increase in teenage fatalities over the first six months of 2011 is a step back for safer driving, it can be used as a chance to establish better procedures and safeguards for future drivers. Everyone must play a part in better preparing the youth of America for dangers and risks they will encounter on the road.

Stuart Arlen - About Author:
Stuart Arlen is Usa Author.He is Working in Law Firm. He has applied his knowledge and understanding to a wide variety of automobile accident lawyer milwaukee and automobile personal injury milwaukee.

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