Sadly, teen deaths on the rise

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Feb 28 2013 / By DriveitHOME

Sadly, teen deaths on the rise

On Tuesday, the Governors Highway Safety Association released its Teenage Driver Fatalities by State report. The preliminary data show an increase in fatal crashes nationwide involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers during the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. Fatal crashes among 16-year-old drivers increased by 24 percent; fatal crashes among 17-year-old drivers increased by 15 percent. Combining the ages, the increase was 19 percent.

Fatal crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers had declined in recent years, according to GHSA. The study notes several different factors that could contribute to an increase in crashes.

One thing is certain: A single fatal crash is too many.

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