Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among adolescents in the U.S. This podcast discusses graduated drivers’ license programs and the importance of parents monitoring teen driving. Created: 10/21/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 10/21/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Teen Driver Safety
Fatal Crash Involvement by Drivers Aged 16–17 Years —
United States, 2004–2008
Recorded: October 12, 2010; posted: October 21, 2010
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For a teenager, the excitement of getting a driver’s license can overshadow the responsibility of operating a car. Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among adolescents in the U.S. Fatalities in this group are highest the first few years of independent driving. Graduated drivers’ license programs reduce teen fatalities by allowing them to get driving experience under low-risk conditions, such as limiting driving at night and with teen passengers. Before teens are allowed to drive alone, parents should model good habits and supervise their teen’s driving often, in a variety of road conditions.
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