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Distracted teen drivers at risk for accidents

Many teenagers in Florida, who are between the ages of 15 and 19 years old drive motor vehicles on the road. However, teen drivers who become distracted while driving have a higher risk of getting into car accidents and injuring themselves and others.

The American Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the largest cause of death for teens are crashes and that older drivers are four times less likely to be involved in car wrecks than teenage drivers. One of the factors in this statistic is distraction. Common driving distractions for teenagers are:

  • Adjusting car controls
  • Consuming food and beverages
  • Texting, talking and watching videos on cell phones

Distracted teen drivers spend less time looking at the road. They do not have the right decision-making skills that are necessary to make critical decisions on the road. They are also not as experienced as older drivers are on the road.

According to a 2013 study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of teenagers who died in car accidents related to distracted driving was 244. The amount of fatal car accidents that were caused by distracted teen drivers was 10 percent and 11 percent of fatal teen motor vehicle accidents involved distraction. At least 3,139 victims died from accidents that were caused by teenage drivers.

Teenagers should respect other drivers and engage in responsible driving behavior to keep motorists and themselves safe on the road. Teens who fail to give the road their full attention are at risk for accidents and injury and even death.

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