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Media Contact:Dana Mortensen
Media Relations Specialist
November 3, 2008
New Research Reveals 1 in 25 or 4.2 Percent of Teens Drive Unlicensed, Increasing Their Risk for a Fatal Crash
A study released today from the research alliance of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in the journal Pediatrics sheds light on an often overlooked group of teen drivers: those without a license. According to national traffic fatality data, this group is disproportionately involved in fatal crashes. The 2006 National Young Driver Survey (NYDS) of more than 5,500 teens across the country revealed that about six percent of students in grades 9 through 11 reported driving unsupervised without a license. However, according to the national fatality data, a full 20 percent of 14 to 18-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2006 did not have a license. This means unlicensed teens are significantly over-represented in fatal crashes.