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Speed-Related Crashes Rise Among Teen Drivers

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Posted on July 3, 2013

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 adrenaline rush.

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 told USA 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 “Speed limits have been going up across the country since they repealed the (national) 55 mph speed limit in 1995.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:

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 contact us.

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