Teen Driver Deaths Up Almost Twenty Percent Since Last Year
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says teen deaths are moving in the wrong direction. During the first six months of 2012 there were 240 deaths of sixteen and seventeen year-old drivers.
That is up from just over 200 deaths in 2011. According to a release from the GHSA, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projected an increase in all traffic deaths of eight percent. Teen deaths are still lower than they were ten years ago, but any increase in the death rate is not comforting.
Perhaps interesting is the fact that some say an improving economy may play a role in the increase in fatalities. As people become more economically mobile, a greater number of teens have access to personal transportation and disposable income, thus more of them are on the roads.