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Nationwide teen driving fatalities increases in first half of 2012

GasBuddy Blog -- A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles increased dramatically for the first six months of 2012, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240 – a 19 percent jump.

The increase in teen driver deaths coincides with a projection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in which all traffic deaths increased by 8 percent. It is particularly concerning that 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths appear to have increased at an even greater rate.

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zildjianboy
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 8:34:57 PM

wow
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 5:51:22 AM

take cell phone and credit card away - takes some of the biggest distractors out of teenagers' lives.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 5:56:11 AM

php: indeed. Esp. in today's world where the teenagers have no responsibility and there are no consequences for poor choices.
phpearso
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 2:15:02 AM

Sixteen is too young imo.

Sixteen was set originally for farm kids to drive on the roads as they had been driving tractors in the fields for a few yrs. before they were 16 and had the maturity which came from being responsible for many other chores .

Kids today as a rule have less responsibility. Raise the age to 18 and make them pay for their own drivers training classes.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 5:56:53 AM

BD: I agree with what you're saying 100% but please remember, ALL CAPS means your shouting. And frankly, I like to keep my hearing for a little while longer ;)

BDNNOD
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:22:32 PM

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO 'DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS' IN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, LIKE BACK WHEN I WAS A YOUNGSTER. YOU EVEN GOT SCHOOL CREDITS FOR TAKING THE CLASSES, AND LETS NOT FORGET THE LOWER INSURANCE RATES OFFERED BY THE VARIOUS INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR TAKING AND PASSING THESE CLASSES. THEY SHOULD BE MADE PART OF THE REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM.
ANOTHER CLASS FOR INSTANCE, 'DRIVER SAFETY' ... WHERE DRIVING WITH THE RADIO TURNED DOWN LOW (OR NO 'BOOM-BOXES' IN THE TRUNK, THAT RATTLE THE CAR WINDOWS IN THE LANES NEXT TO THE 'NOISE-BUSTERS').
LETS NOT FORGET ALL THOSE KIDS TUNING-IN THEIR IPODS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE ON THEIR CELLPHONES, TEXTING OR CHATTING WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO OTHER DRIVERS, BICYCLISTS, OR PEDESTRIANS IN THE WALLWAYS CROSSING STREETS (AND THAT GOES FOR THE ADULTS TOO, DRIVING WITH PHONES STUCK IN THEIR FACES), LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES ON THE ROAD. LETS GET A BETTER HANDLE ON USE OF THESE 'TOYS' WHILE DRIVING, FOR HEAVENS SAKE!!
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:09:54 PM

A teen should not be able to drive by their self until age 17, 16 is way to young in this fast paced world with too many gadgets for kids to play with and drive at the same time.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 8:23:39 AM

and teach them in professional driving schools, rather than having mom or dad do the job.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 8:36:08 AM

easy way: take away the cell phones.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:28:17 PM

Quite simply stated, 16 and 17 year olds do NOT have the emotional maturity to be behind the wheel of a moving WEAPON. Looking back on my own driving behavior at that age, it's a miracle I didn't kill myself or anyone else. I'd say most of my friends were the same way. Someone was definitely watching out for me.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:36:27 PM

sad
rbrowdersr
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:07:22 PM

Sad commentary.
rasprout
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:39:38 PM

the sad thing is it takes parental responsibility, NOT the kids being responsible to make change happen.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:58:51 AM

No surpise there if you drive today. But it is a repeat story
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:23:08 AM

Reinstate driver's ed in school!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:11:47 AM

not good
Ticobird
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:08:05 AM

That teen driving fatalities are increasing despite the improved vehicle designs with all of the safety features tells me that education is the problem. Novice drivers need seat time with a driving school like this one.

Tire Rack Street Survivor School

If I had a young, novice driver that I loved and wanted to be safe on public roads I would find a way to get them to this school. There are not that many school events so if you are interested you better get planning. I've read that the kids really like this training and respond to the knowledge with safe driving behavior.
montytexas
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:00:47 AM

Teenagers are the most INEXPERIENCED drivers...no surprise to me....
ramgas
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:47:45 AM

Parents beware, you're teaching them at a very young age.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:47:21 AM

"WES03" TRUE !!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:43:21 AM

Got my DL at 14 in a state with some of the lowest fatalities.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:43:16 AM

Around here last year it was for too many teens in the cars at the time, and drivers/passengers not wearing seatbelts.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:48 AM

REDUNDANT NEWS!
PathTrack
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:38 AM

They're playing "Need for Speed" too much. In real life you don't respawn!
F81M
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:42:18 AM

Time to change articles.
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:41:49 AM

Yesterday news
Gascapade
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:41:28 AM

Show them the gory car crash videos in drivers ed that we were required to watch and see the fatalities drop.....
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:41:26 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:40:19 AM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:40:17 AM

It's all due to inattention and carelessness.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:40:02 AM

old bad news.
macike
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:37 AM

Darwin at work?
mrservonics
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:26 AM

No solution, sad news.
dlzastera
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:12 AM

Texting..........
bart_reed
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:10 AM

Is this a type of population control?
hwmillerster
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:37:02 AM

Economy improves mean more people driving. More people die in traffic accidents. Another benefit of a severe recession, safer roads.
jpk13
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:34:37 AM

Is driver education failing our youth???
sleuth696
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:34:04 AM

sad
Vin63
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:33:08 AM

Ban cars...for the safety sake of the children. If even one child's life is saved, it's worth it.
Bullseye520
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:31:52 AM

Sad but true, old story!
91_Metro_Man
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:31:48 AM

You can not change the mind of a teen.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:31:09 AM

Yesterday's news.
ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:31:07 AM

Put drivers education back in the high schools.
Janetique
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:29:22 AM

Definitely not good. Unfortunately, teens think they are invincible and also don't realize the potential consequences of distracted driving.
bra0712
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:28:57 AM

Yup as I read yesterday
DimitrisIL
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:28:24 AM

We need more driving education.

pricechecker08
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:28:13 AM

why have driving schools,they don,t seem to help?
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:27:30 AM

I think Ontario's graduated licencing regulations help lower fatalities. New drivers are given a series of licences with limits on driving with/without an adult on board, day/night hours for driving, city/highway driving limits, etc. leading to a full adult licence. It works well.
momof5MN
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:27:14 AM

There are so many things that distract teens (friends in the car, radio, cell phones). Cells are probably the worst.
fatfed
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:25:31 AM

not good
pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:24:33 AM

Certainly a bummer
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