In the wake of the tragic accident in Warren, Ohio that killed six teenagers, the focus has turned to teen driver safety. Unfortunately, the news may not be good. A recent study showed that, despite a drop in recent years, auto accident deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers during the first six months of 2012 were up 19 percent compared to the same time period in 2011.
The Governors Highway Safety Association looked at preliminary data provided by all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the first six months of 2012. Here is what the GHSA found:
The GHSA concluded that this increase was a signal that renewed efforts are needed. The group recommended that resources be used on measures that already are working or can be shown to reduce deaths. It noted that graduated driver licensing has contributed to the drop in deaths that had occurred up to 2010 but that the trend to make upgrades in those procedures has dropped. Also, upgrades in drivers education have been introduced in some states but need to be made in more states.