It’s really no secret, car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the U.S. each year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 5,000 teens ages 16-20 die in car accidents each year, with another 400,000 seriously injured. Car accident claims the lives of more teen drivers than cancer, drugs or murder. To combat this deadly trend, Florida officials and Boca Raton leaders are discussed new plans on Tuesday to “white out” teen car accidents in their communities. Especially with underage drinking and driving, you may need a Miami DUI lawyer for teens.
A news conference was held yesterday at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton to try to educate the community about how to keep teen driver safer on its roadways. The Department of Motor Vehicles, The Dori Slosberg Foundation and the School District of Palm Beach County encouraged everyone to take part in a state wide “white out.” Organizers asked that everyone in the community wear white shirts to help “white out” teenage car accidents.
“According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, a teen drivers’ crash risk increases 86 percent with two teens in the car. With 3 in teens in the car, it’s bumped up to 182 percent.” Furthermore, an AAA survey revealed that 22 percent of parent set no limits on the number of passengers their teen drivers can have in their cars, as long as that number matches the number of available safety belts.
Statistics show that Florida’s youngest drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident as their parents, and three times as likely as their grandparents.