Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Per mile driven, teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Drunk, drugged, and distracted driving combined with inexperience put teens at high risk. The holidays are an especially risky time for all drivers and even more for inexperienced teen drivers out to have fun with their friends.
Here are the facts:
- Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries.
- One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.
- One in 8 high school seniors admit to driving under the influence of marijuana.
The number of drivers smoking pot and driving is increasing. The rate of drivers who died in accidents with marijuana in their system tripled in 2010. Many drivers are not aware of the negative effect marijuana has on a person’s critical driving skills. Studies are showing that marijuana: reduces motor coordination, slows reaction time, and impairs decision-making, peripheral vision and concentration.
This is a call to parents and adults to educate young drivers about the risks and help keep them safe this Holiday Season. Remind them of the risks, laws and safe driving rules. For more information –
Take the next step and download the Parent-Teen Driving Agreement