Road Rules For Reid

Make Good Choices

It's a FACT

  • Of teen drivers fatally injured in automobiles, more than 1/3 were speed related accidents. []
  • This age group makes up 7% of licensed drivers, but suffers 14% of fatalities and 20% of all reported accidents. []
  • In 2001, 68 percent of the 18- to 34-year-old male passenger vehicle occupants who were killed or severely injured in crashes were not wearing safety belts. Fifty-four percent of the women age 18 to 34 who were killed or severely injured in crashes were not buckled up. [Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 2001 Annual Report File (ARF)]
  • Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years are more likely to be injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle crashes than by any other cause [Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety 2006]
  • One in four teens will crash in their first year of driving. []
  • The teen brain is limited in its capability to multi-task behind the wheel. Extensive studies of the brain prove that multi-tasking skills are controlled by the prefrontal cortex the last part of the brain to mature, which usually does not fully develop until the mid-20s. Yet, 75% of teens admit that they do multiple tasks while driving. []
  • In the past 5 years more than 34,000 teens have died in auto crashes in America, the equivalent of 19-20 teens per day.[]
  • Teens are more likely to be involved in a single vehicle crash than any other age group.
  • More than one-third of teen driver fatalities involve speeding [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • Approximately two-thirds of teens killed in vehicle crashes in 2003 were not wearing seat belts [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • A study from the University of Utah shows that drivers who are engaged in conversation on their cell phones are just as impaired as drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08.