Teen Drivers

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.1 Six teens aged 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle crash injuries.1 Per mile driven, teen drivers aged 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.2

The good news is that teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable. We know proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.

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CDC’s GDL Planning Guide is designed to assist states to assess, develop, and implement actionable plans to strengthen graduated driver licensing practices.

CDC Vital Signs. 1 in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives. www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Teen Drinking and Driving – A Dangerous Mix

The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since 1991, but more can be done.

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Parents, pediatricians, and organizations can find more information on how to keep teens safe on the road at the Parents Are the Key website.  There you can download a free Parent-Teen Driving Agreement and other free materials.