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Fewer U.S. Teens Dying in Teen-Driver Crashes
Date:4/4/2013

while driving. Speeding was a factor in more than half of fatal crashes involving teen drivers in 2011, similar to 2008. And the percentage of teens who died in crashes and had a blood alcohol level higher than 0.01 rose from 38 percent in 2008 to 41 percent in 2011.

Durbin said there are a number of key areas that have the greatest potential to further reduce teen traffic crashes and deaths. These include: reducing distractions from passengers and technology; improving skills in scanning, hazard detection and speed management; and increasing seat belt use.

"Texting or emailing while driving is especially dangerous for teen drivers. We are encouraged that abstaining from cellphone use while driving is currently the norm for teens -- most are not doing this dangerous behavior," Durbin said.

"To reach the teens that still do text or email while driving, messages should focus on teens' positive safety beliefs about refraining from cellphone use while driving, rather than turning to scare tactics that always emphasize the negative consequences," he added.

The study, called "Miles to go: Focusing on Risks for Teen Driver Crashes," is the third in an annual series.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says parents are the key to safe teen drivers.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, news release, April 4, 2013


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