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Soaring teen traffic fatality rate has safety officials concerned

In this age of cell phones and GPS systems, you would think that it is a dangerous time to be out on the road. Actually, to the contrary, car accident rates had been declining over the past decade -- until recently. Many drivers -- here in Alaska and in the Lower 48 -- find it acceptable to whip out their cell phone and text away while sitting behind the wheel of a car.

Teenage drivers, who have grown up in this cell phone age, are more likely to find the texting while driving practice acceptable; but considering teen drivers are one of the most dangerous demographics out on the road, they certainly should not find it acceptable. And now, more data is showing that teens need to be as careful as possible when they are operating a vehicle.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, traffic fatalities for all ages increased by 8 percent during the first half of 2012 when compared to the same time period in 2011. However, teen drivers were the most susceptible to fatal accidents during this period, especially 16-year-olds. Teen traffic fatalities jumped during the first six months of 2012 by 19 percent (again, compared to the same 2011 timeframe), and 16-year-olds saw a 24 percent leap using the same factors.

It speaks to the important nature of focus on the road. Everyone needs to pay attention to their surroundings, not a cell phone, when they are behind the wheel. Improved graduated driver's license laws could (and should) improve teenagers' ability to acclimate to the road faster.

Source: USA Today, "Deaths Surge Among Teen Drivers," Larry Copeland, Feb. 26, 2013

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