New Study: Teen Drivers at Higher Risk of Deadly Crash Involvement


NEW YORK (CBS) – A new study finds teens who are driving with other teens in the car are at a much higher risk of being involved in a deadly crash.

In dashcam video, a teenage driver is distracted talking to her friend in the passenger’s seat.

New research from AAA shows just how dangerous it can be when teens are driving with other teens.

The death rate jumps to 56 percent for people in the other vehicles, 45 percent for the teen driver, and 17 percent for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We know teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior than seasoned drivers. They are more likely to speed, more likely to use their cell phones,” says AAA Spokesperson Jennifer Ryan.

AAA Spokesperson Jennifer Ryan says that is why parents need to set a good example while they are driving and discuss the dangers of distracted driving with their teen. 

“We also encourage parents and teens to set what we call a parent-teen driving agreement. It’s a contract between a parent and a teen and they develop it together and they set up what the rules are for their family and the consequences if the rules are broken,” says Ryan.

Ryan has a daughter who just received her learners permit. 

16-year-old Natalie says when she is a passenger and another teen is behind the wheel, she follows the rules her mom laid out.

“Before we got in the car, I made sure my friend knew to put away her phone, and everyone needs to put on their seatbelts, we didn’t blast any music,” says Natalie. 

AAA recommends once teens have a license, parents limit passengers to just one other teen for the first six months of driving. 

In 2016, teen drivers were involved in more than 1 million police-reported crashes. 3,200 teens died.

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