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By Brooke Oleen and Anne Teigen
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2009, there were 5,148 drivers ages 15 to 20 involved in fatal crashes. This number is a 37 percent decrease from the 8,224 drivers in that age group involved in fatal crashes in 2000. The decline in the number of teenagers involved in fatal crashes shows a promising trend, as young drivers make up nearly 15 percent of the total population in the United States. State lawmakers continue to enact laws related to teen driving safety.
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