Is it really that bad?

Sadly, yes

  
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, nationwide, 48 teenagers die and another 5,202 are injured in car crashes on a typical prom weekend.  For the past several years during prom weekend, approximately 300 teens have died in alcohol-related crashes.
  

Why is it happening?

  1. INEXPERIENCE
    Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel. Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  2. SPEEDING - 25%
    of drivers involved in fatal crashes, young males are the most likely to be speeding. In 2013 about 35 percent of both 15 to 20-year old and 21 to 24-year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, compared to 21 percent of female drivers of the same age groups.
  3. IMPAIRED DRIVING - 17%
    of drivers ages 16 to 20 who were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2014 were alcohol-impaired, This proportion was unchanged from 2005. Approximately 25% of teens (ages 12 to 20 years) report getting alcohol from adults such as parents other family members (SAMHSA).
  4. DISTRACTED DRIVING -10%
    of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash. A survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 41.4% of high school students reported that they texted or emailed from behind the wheel at least once during the previous 30 days.
  5. SEAT BELTS - more than50%
    of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained in a seatbelt. Teenagers are less likely to wear safety belts even when their parents do. The report found that 46 percent of the teenagers who were dropped off at school by their parents were not wearing safety belts and in 8 percent of cases teens were using safety belts while the adult driver was not.
  6. TOO MANY PASSENGERS
    The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report that showed that the risk of 16- or 17-year old drivers being killed in a crash increases with each additional teenage passenger in the vehicle. The risk increases 44 percent with one passenger; it doubles with two passengers and quadruples with three or more passengers.
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