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Teen Car Crash Deaths Decline

Graduated Driver Licensing Programs May Be Behind Dip in Teenage Traffic Deaths, Researchers Say

CDC Launching Programs to Help Teen Drivers, Their Parents continued...

The MMWR article also states the rate for drivers 18 and older involved in fatal crashes declined 20% from 2004 to 2008.

CDC researchers say some of the decrease may be caused by declines in the number of miles driven, perhaps because of rising gasoline prices and poor economic conditions.

The MMWR authors say the 2004-2008 decline in teen crash fatalities extends a long-term downward trend that started in 1996. The authors credit graduating learning programs for much of the improvement. Such programs operate in 49 states plus Washington, D.C., and all include nighttime driving restrictions.

The CDC recommends that families of newly licensed teens actively enforce restrictions of graduated training programs. The CDC also says increased use of seat belts and reductions in driving under the influence of alcohol have contributed to declines in deaths of teens in crashes.

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