State Safety Office
BackgroundMotor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens. More teens die in crashes than the next three leading causes of death – homicide, suicide and disease – combined. ON average, eleven 15-19 year-olds are killed in teen driver crashes every day. For crashes involving teen drivers, fatalities and serious injuries declined from 5,749 in 2006 to 3,313 in 2010. Over this five-year period, 1,898 people died in teen driver crashes, and 20,644 were seriously injured.
Male teen drivers accounted for nearly 60 percent of the fatalities and serious injuries from 2006 to 2010. Most of the fatal and serious injury crashes involving teen drivers occur in the spring months and peak in March. The largest proportion of crashes (57 percent) occurs during daylight hours.
Programs and initiatives designed to address these crashes must reach out to teen drivers and their parents.
- Expand the network of concerned individuals to build recognition and awareness as it relates to teen driver safety and supports the Florida Teen Coalition.
- Create a safe driving culture for teen drivers through outreach and education.
- Support initiatives that enhance traffic laws and regulations related to safe teen driving.
Teen Driver Fact Sheets
|2010 YOUNG DRIVERS Traffic Safety Fact Sheet||2009 YOUNG DRIVERS Traffic Safety Fact Sheet|