Author Affiliation: University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, Chapel Hill.
Motor vehicle death rates in the United States have declined dramatically
during the past 2 decades as a result of technological improvements in vehicles
and roadways, increased seat belt use, and decreased alcohol-impaired driving.1 However, countering this trend, death rates for 16-year-old
drivers have increased.2 Young beginning drivers
in the United States currently constitute a serious threat not only to their
own lives, but also to those of their passengers and other motorists with
whom they share the roadways. A substantial proportion of persons killed or
injured in crashes caused by 16-year-old drivers are occupants of other vehicles.3
Foss RD. Reducing Fatal Crash Risk Among Teenaged Drivers: Structuring an Effective Graduated Licensing System. JAMA. 2000;283(12):1617–1618. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1617
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