Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19. The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents involving teen drivers can be linked to distracted driving. While many people believe that texting and driving is the leading cause of distracted driving among teen drivers, new statistics show that other teen passengers are the biggest potential distraction in this age group.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having other teenage passengers in a car poses the greatest distracted driving safety risk for teen drivers. Studies conducted by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center also highlighted the teen driver safety concerns related to distracted driving with other teenagers in the car. Their data suggests that teen drivers are six times more likely to be in a situation requiring an evasive maneuver to avoid a crash when driving loud passengers in their cars.
The likelihood of an auto accident caused by distracted driving increases even more when the teen passengers are not only loud but rowdy. Teen drivers lack the experience and skill to make good driving decisions under loud and distracting conditions. The more teenager passengers in the car, the more likely it is that the car will be loud and rambunctious.
Many states now are making concerted efforts to reduce to the number of teen driver accidents caused by distracted driving by adopting a graduated licensing system. Graduated licensing places requirements and restrictions on young drivers until they reach the age of 18. New Jersey has adopted a Graduated Driver License Program which requires teen drivers to progress through different license types each with their own restrictions and requirements. Young drivers not only are restricted as to when they may drive, but must also have special reflective decals on their car’s license plates. New Jersey teen drivers receive a Special Learner’s Permit, an Examination Permit, a Probational Driver’s License and finally their full Driver’s License.
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