Document Type

Parenting, Children and Teens - Spotlighting Teen Issues for Teens

Publication Date



One of the highlights of the teen years is getting a drivers licence. You have more freedom — your parents no longer have to drive you to school events, the mall or to the movies. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that teens, age 16 – 19 years, who are involved in motor vehicle accidents have higher fatality and injury rates than any other age group. This may be attributable to both lack of driving experience and a greater propensity for risk-taking behaviors (e.g., speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, not wearing safety belts).

Publication Number

SP68-F 7/07 07-0003

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