Monitoring Progress for Teen Driver Safety
Teen Driver Statistics
Miles to go is an annual report series from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company that monitors teen driver statistics and trends, providing a yearly snapshot of teen driver safety for the nation.
The first baseline report, Miles to go: Establishing Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety (January 2011), established 11 key indicators as a framework to measure the impact of teen driver safety policy and programs in the US, with a goal of continually improving these indicators. The second report, Miles to go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety (March 2012), highlighted substantial progress made in reducing crashes involving teens behind the wheel between 2005 and 2010.
According to this year’s report, Miles to go: Focusing on Risks for Teen Driver Safety (April 2013), deaths in crashes with teens behind the wheel declined 47 percent from 2005 to 2011. The report also reveals safety gains for teen passengers, with most always wearing seat belts, less than a quarter riding with teen drivers who were drinking, and 30 percent less dying in crashes with teens behind the wheel.
Although the report charts progress in teen driver safety efforts, risky behaviors--such as texting while driving, driving after drinking, and low seat belt use--remain serious problems. Miles to go provides direction for the development of strategies to address these problems to further drive down the number of teens killed or injured in crashes each year. Please read and share this report with colleagues and communities to push for positive change.
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