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.