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Report Provides Snapshot on Teen Driver Safety Progress and Initiatives
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm™ have teamed up to produce a series of annual reports monitoring teen driver statistics and trends. The latest report, Miles to Go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety, was published this Spring.
Last year, Miles to Go: Establishing Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety (the first report in the series) outlined 11 key metrics and benchmarks to measure progress in teen driver safety. This new report broadens the context of these benchmarks, and looks at trends over time and state-specific data. It notes specific progress that has been made in reducing teen driverrelated crashes between 2005 and 2010. Among the findings:
- Overall teen driver fatalities have dropped 46 percent.
- The number of people involved in police-reported crashes with a teen behind the wheel went down 24 percent.
- In general, states with comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws were found to have lower teen fatality rates than those whose GDL laws were not as strong.
Despite these improvements, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens. In fact, traffic crashes killed nearly five times as many teens as cancer or poisoning in 2009. Report data also shows that skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries account for an alarming percentage of injuries sustained by teens in teen driverrelated crashes. Of 55,000 teens seriously injured in crashes in 2009 and 2010, 30 percent suffered head injuries.
CHOP and State Farm® will continue to monitor and report on these metrics annually to help policymakers, educators, and researchers further improve teen driver safety.
To learn more or download the report, visit www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/miles_to_go/researcher.