AAA Study: More Fatalities For Teens When No Adult In Car

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Updated: 5/08/2012 6:16 pm
A new warning for parents of young drivers: teens are far more likely to die behind the wheel when they have other teens in the car.

That's the finding of a new study released today by Triple-A.

The auto club says its report found a 16 or 17-year-old driver was 44 percent *more* likely to die in a crash, per mile driven, with one passenger under 21 years old. That's compared to driving alone.

The risk of a fatal wreck doubled with two more more passengers under 21, and no older adults present. And the study found deadly crash risk *tripled* with three or more young passengers.

But put an adult in the passenger seat, and things change: researchers say having at least one person 35 or older in the car cut a teen driver's risk of death by more than 60 percent.

You can read more about the study at www.AAAfoundation.org.



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