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National Teen Driver Safety Week in October
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens. It doesn't have to be this way--YOU can help shape a different reality!
Congress established every third week in October as National Teen Driver Safety Week to raise awareness of this tragedy and find solutions to lower the fatal crash risk of teen drivers (WisDOT press release).
"Ride Like a Friend, Drive Like You Care"
The risk of a fatal crash for a teen driver increases with each teen or adolescent passenger. For older child passengers, risk of dying in a crash involving a teen driver doubles between the ages of 12 and 14, according to a study published March 3, 2008 in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. This risk increases with each teenage year.
More than half of teens who die in crashes are passengers. Teen passengers raise their risk when they:
- Don't wear a seat belt.
- Ride with a new driver.
- Ride on high-speed roads.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Last modified: November 7, 2012
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