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Keeping new drivers safe behind the wheel

7:07 AM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Car accidents are every parents worry, especially for those who have teenage children.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and today is the start of Teen Driver Safety Week.  Parents often encourage their children to wear seat belts and never text while they drive, but who is in the car with the teen driver also has a big impact on his or her safety.

A new study by AAA shows that risky behaviors grew for 16 to 17 year-old drivers as the number of teenage passengers increased.

Also, when a teenage driver has one or more teen passengers there is an increase in their likelihood to speed, drive late at night and drink and drive according to the study.

So where did AAA get their data?

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety unit analyzed data on fatal crashes from 2005 to 2010 and found that in the around 9,500 crashes with drivers 16 or 17 years-old, nearly 4,000 of the crashes included at least one teen passenger.

So with the start of Teen Driver Safety Week, parents are urged to speak to their children about safety and also lay down the rules for who is allowed to ride with them.

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