Though distracted driving has gotten a lot of attention, a new study shows
that this focus may be pulling attention away from another issue –
teen speeding – which has been on the rise.
Driving should be more like a well-paced marathon than a sprint, but if
you remember being a teen then you may recall being more impulsive. With
advancements in technology allowing for more instant gratification than
ever, it may come as no surprise that there’s an uptick in that
A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association funded by insurer
State Farm found that from 2000-2011, 19,447 fatal crashes involving teenage
drivers were speeding-related. Overall, speeding as a factor in fatal
teen crashes has gone up from 30 percent in 2000 to 33 percent in 2011.
“Speeding is something people aren’t particularly concerned
about,” Susan Ferguson, an established highway safety consultant
who authored the
report published in June toldUSA Today. “Speed limits have been going up across the country since they
repealed the (national) 55 mph speed limit in 1995.
“This is the first time, really, that we’ve focused on this
issue exclusively. We’ve known for a while that speeding is an issue
for young drivers, especially for young males,” she continued.
While teen speeding may not be getting as much attention as distracted
driving the statistics are alarming. Half of all fatal crashes involving
16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related.
“Unless speeding is recognized as a dangerous behavior, much the
same as alcohol-impaired driving, it will continue to be difficult to
address as a society,” the report says. “More attention must
be paid to this issue at the federal, state and local levels, and within
the private sector. As well, parents should be taking the lead to do more
to address speeding behavior among their teen drivers.”
To view the full article, including safety advice for parents of teenagers
view this link:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/25/teen-drivers-speeding/2443459/
The bottom line is slow down teens. You have your whole lives ahead of you.
Since teens may be more impulsive it’s important for parents to remind
them not to be in such a hurry. Parents of minors who drive negligently
or recklessly may be liable in Florida under state law,
Fla. Stat. § 322.09(2). If you or someone you know has been injured due to a negligent driver, please