The New Jersey Turnpike Authority recently announced its plan to launch a driver safety education program, according to a report on NJ.com. Named “Safety 365,” the program includes enforcement, engineering and education to reduce deaths on the Garden State Parkway. The program targets young males in particular, who, the turnpike authority points out, die too often on the highway.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the problem is not confined to New Jersey. Nationwide, automobile accidents are the leading cause of deaths of American teens. Further, male teens are twice as likely to die in an auto accident as females.
Car accidents involving teen drivers often injure or kill other people, too.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those killed in 2007 in accidents involving young drivers included:
- 3,174 young drivers
- 2,029 passengers of young drivers
- 1,822 passengers of other vehicles
- 626 people not in any vehicle
Of the 6,669 fatal crashes involving young drivers that year, more than half of these occurred on rural roads, causing 4,339 deaths. Factors that led to fatalities in both rural and urban settings included failure to wear seatbelts, alcohol use and speeding.
The CDC recommends that parents require their teens to earn their licenses through graduated driver licensing systems. The best of these programs reduce 38-40 percent of fatal and injury crashes among 16-year-olds, according to the CDC.
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- CDC: Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers