Alabama Has The Second-Highest Teen Driving Fatality Rate in Nation
According to a recent study, Alabama ranked as the ninth worst state for teen drivers—based on safety, economic environment and driving laws. Perhaps the most alarming finding from the study is that Alabama has the second-highest fatality rate among teen drivers in the nation.
While becoming a driver is an exciting milestone in a teenager’s life, driving can be incredibly dangerous. When a teen gets behind the wheel, they carry a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe. To understand the depth of the problem, it’s important to look at the main causes of teen driving accidents.
- Lack of Experience: New drivers need proper education in driving safety and hours of training with a responsible adult. Even after they obtain their license, having a responsible parent in the car can help new drivers feel at ease.
- Too Many Passengers: Once teenagers get their license, they will want to drive with friends. However, until a teen is more experienced, it’s important to limit passengers. The more passengers, the more potential distractions.
- Distracted Driving: Cellphone usage and texting are commonplace distractions behind the wheel. Taking your eyes off the road even for a second can cause an accident. In fact, 58% of teens involved in accidents were distracted.
- No Seat Belts: Wearing a seat belt can save your life. Unfortunately, teens have the lowest seat belt usage rates among all age groups. In fact, approximately 66% of teens who died in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
- Drunk/Drugged Driving: Alcohol and drugs can severely impair concentration, reaction time and rational thinking—putting lives at risk. Unfortunately, 25% of teen car crashes involve an underage drunk driver.
Work to Make Alabama Safe for Teen Drivers
While Alabama parents have a responsibility to raise safe drivers who know real-life dangers, teen drivers must also take safety seriously and avoid being careless. With proper education, training and precautions, teens become safe, confident drivers who make smart choices. Only then can Alabama remove the dubious distinction of the second-highest teen fatality rate in the nation.
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