The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered among the “100 Deadliest Days” to drive, due to newly permitted and licensed teen drivers hitting the road. How safe is Pennsylvania for these teens behind the wheel? WTAJ News took a look at the statistics.
Nationwide, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens, with an average of seven lives lost daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That amounted to nearly 2,400 teen deaths in 2019. Crashes are three times more likely to involve drivers aged 16-19 than drivers 20 and older.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) notes that contributing factors to these crashes include driver inexperience, which could result in poor decision making. Other causes include driver distractions, carelessness, or driving too fast.
Pennsylvania ranks 24th overall in terms of its conditions for teen driving, according to a study by WalletHub. This rating includes road conditions and state laws. The state got high marks for having distracted driving and texting while driving laws, ranking first in the nation. Pennsylvania also scored well—third in the country—for its graduated licensing program.
However, it was 11th in teen driver fatalities and 14th in teen DUIs. The presence of occupant protection laws and impaired driving laws ranked 28th and 35th respectively. In addition, road quality ranked just 38th.
Traffic fatalities for teens generally spike during the 100 deadliest days. Nonprofit groups are reaching out with a public awareness campaign about distracted driving, drowsy driving, impaired and aggressive driving.
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