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Did you know that in 32 states, parents have the right to request that the Department of Motor Vehicles revoke the license of their minor child?
Although teen drivers, between the ages of 16 and 19, constitute almost 7 percent of all licensed drivers, they are involved in 15 percent of fatal motor vehicle-related crashes. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a 16-year-old driver is more than 20 times as likely to have a motor vehicle crash than any other licensed driver. In fact, the leading cause of death among 16- to 20-year-olds is motor vehicle-related crashes.
There are two main reasons why teenage drivers are at increased risk for motor vehicle-related crashes that result in injury or death, including the following:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that the alcoholic beverages industry stop advertising aimed at teenagers. In addition, the AAP also recommends that the entertainment industry should avoid portraying speeding and reckless driving, and instead show universal use of safety belts.
Another contributing factor to the increased risk to teenager drivers includes nighttime driving. Nighttime driving is more difficult for anyone, especially the novice driver. However, teenagers tend to do disproportionately more driving at night, increasing their risk of a fatal motor vehicle crash, as compared to daytime driving.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the following recommendations to pediatricians in coordination with parents to ensure safer teenage driving:
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