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Updated February 2014
In 2008, 2,739 15- to 20-year-old drivers were killed and an additional 228,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes according to NHTSA. Fatal injuries from car wrecks are the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 13 and 19. The risk of crashing is especially high for teens during the first few years of licensure. Inexperience and immaturity make for risky driving behavior and increase the likelihood of a crash. In the last 10 years, all states have changed their teen licensing procedures. Many states have worked to reduce teen motor vehicle fatalities and injuries through graduated driver’s licensing (GDL). This system limits the exposure to high-risk situations by gradually phasing in driving privileges for teens. GDL allows teens to gain valuable driving experience in low-risk driving situations.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009.
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