Texas Ranks First in Teen Auto Accident Fatalities

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 28-Feb-2012

There has recently been a troubling increase in auto accident fatalities involving teen drivers. Nationwide, there was an 11 percent increase in deaths among 16 and 17-year-old drivers during the first half of 2011 compared to the same time period in 2010. This follows years of declines in such accidents. Texas ranked sixth in the country for its percentage increase in teen fatalities. Sadly, Texas also had the most teens lose their lives in auto accidents.

Twenty-six teens died in Texas motor vehicle accidents as part of this unfortunate trend. Statistics like this have prompted TxDOT to take action. The agency recently kicked off its yearly “Teen Click it or Ticket” program. The statewide initiative hosts activities and contests at 700 Texas high schools, reaching about 750,000 Texas teens. The aim of the program is to increase awareness about seat belt usage and teen driver safety.

A spokesperson from TxDOT explained that the purpose of the campaign is to educate teens about safety issues so more teens will buckle up and stop dangerous behaviors like distracted driving.

While some Texas teens are engaging in risky behaviors behind the wheel, others are choosing to wait to drive. According to KDAF, teens gave different reasons for this decision including feeling they were not ready for the responsibility and trying to save money. Some parents, worried about the safety of their teens, are encouraging them to wait to get behind the wheel.

Hopefully a combination of awareness campaigns, actions by parents and positive changes by teens will result in safer roads for everyone.

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