National Teen Driver Safety Week
(October 18-24, 2020)
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety will be joining National Teen Driver Safety Week this year from October 18-24. This page serves as both an informational source for the public and a resource location for schools, law enforcement agencies and other organizations wishing to promote the week.
FULL SCHEDULE & LESSON PLANS HERE.
Teen Driving Facts
- Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States.
- In 2018, there were 2,121 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver (15-18 years old). Of these deaths, 719 were the teen driver.
- 298 teen drivers (16%) involved in fatal crashes in 2018 had alcohol in their system.
- In 2018, almost half (45%) of the teen drivers who died were unbuckled. When the teen driver involved in the fatal crash was unbuckled, nine out of 10 of the passengers who died were also unbuckled.
- In 2018, among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 10% were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
- The use of mobile devices while driving is a big problem, but there are other causes of teen distracted driving that pose dangers as well, like adjusting the radio, applying makeup, eating or drinking, or distractions from other passengers in the vehicle.
- In 2018, more than one-quarter (28%) of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, and males were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than females.
- Teen drivers transporting passengers can lead to tragic results. Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of passengers in a motor vehicle. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers.