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Teen Driver Safety

Florida has more than 800,000 registered teen drivers (ages 15 to 19), according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration.  West Florida is one of the top regions of the state where young males live that are involved in fatal and serious injury crashes – some 20,000 crashes from 2015-2020. Polk, Manatee, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties are the highest.

Teen drivers are inexperienced, therefore more likely to underestimate dangerous situations and allow shorter distances between vehicles.

The highest crash rate of teenage drivers is age 16 and 17. A recent NHTSA study found teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in potentially risky behavior when driving. The likelihood of a crash increased to three times when traveling with multiple passengers.

In a study that examined the relative risk of death among teen driver crashes found teens in crashes carrying at least two passengers where twice as likely to die as teen drivers with no passengers.  The teen driver was seven times as likely to die when carrying a mix of teens and young adult passengers compared to teens driving along (Journal of Adolescent Health, 2022).

In another study using installed in-vehicle feedback device and phone app, researchers found that 63% of teen drivers were speeding (Injury Prevention, 2022). Other behaviors included hard braking and sudden acceleration.

What can teen drivers do to be safer on the road? 

Our target is ZERO fatalities and serious injuries. Because when it comes to human lives, no other number is acceptable.

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