“Any increase in highway deaths is unacceptable, particularly among our teens. We know from research and experience that teen drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but also a danger to others on the roadways.” The Director of Tennessee’s Governor’s Highway Safety Office was talking about a recent report that revealed an increase in teen driving fatalities in the first six months of 2012 over the previous year.
In Tennessee the number of teens killed in auto accidents nearly tripled, jumping from six to sixteen. It was one of the sharpest increases of any state in the nation, which saw an overall increase in teen traffic deaths in 2012.
It’s believed that the rise can be traced to driving while distracted. “Despite our efforts, teens remain our most vulnerable population. With the advances in technology, we suspect distracted driving deaths among teen drivers are rising.” The Director continued by promising to “work with teens, parents, educators and law enforcement to address the problem.”
But teen driving deaths are more than just a ‘problem,’ they’re immeasurable tragedies that are robbing families of their children and people of their futures. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is imploring states to focus on implementing programs that would bring both parents and teens together to bring awareness and try to combat the dangers of texting and driving.
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Source. Telegrahindia.com, ‘http://www.telegraphindia.com/pressrelease/prnw/dc66648.html,’ February 26, 2013.
Source. Times Free Press, ‘http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/26/study-tennessee-leads-nation-teen-driving-deaths/,’ February 26, 2013.