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Michigan Focuses On Teen Driver Safety

Michigan Focuses On Teen Driver Safety

This is "National Teen Driver Safety Week."

Melody Kindraka of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning tells WOOD Radio now is a good time for parents and teens to talk about reducing common crash risks.

"Limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle, putting away cell phones, obeying traffic safety laws and wearing seat belts."

According to Michigan crash data, nearly 30 percent of crashes involving drivers age 16-20 occur in the after-school hours. The highest numbers of fatal crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Teen drivers with Level 1 or Level 2 licenses under the Graduated Driver License program are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving. Teens with a Level 2 license also have enhanced driving restrictions after 10 p.m.

The data also show teen drivers have higher incidents of speed-related crashes than older drivers. They are also more likely than any other age group to crash because of following too close and being unable to stop in time.

Nationally, driver error is a contributing factor in two-thirds of fatal teen driver crashes.

 

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