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Nighttime Driving

General Statistics

  • The fatal crash rate of 16-year-olds is nearly twice as high at night.1
  • States with nighttime restrictions in place have reported up to a 60 percent reduction in crashes during the restricted hours.2
  • Only 14 percent of the miles driven by 16- to 17-year-old drivers occurred between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m, yet this time period accounted for 32 percent of fatal crashes in this age group.3
  • Among teen nighttime crashes, 58 percent happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.3
  • Although most pediatricians counsel teens on driving and discuss seat belt use and alcohol use, other important teen driver crash risk factors are not discussed, including nighttime driving and teen passengers.4
  1.  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Beginning Teenage Drivers. 2007. Available at: http://www.iihs.org/brochures/pdf/beginning_drivers.pdf. Accessed April 7, 2010.
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). State Legislative Fact Sheet: Graduated Driver Licensing System. Data from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. 2000. Available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/PEOPLE/outreach/safesobr/21qp/html/fact_sheets/Graduated_Driver.html. Accessed April 7, 2010.
  3.  Williams AF, Ferguson SA. Rationale for graduated licensing and the risks it should address. Injury Prevention. 2002; 8(suppl 2): ii9 –ii14; discussion ii14 –ii16.
  4. Weiss JC, O'Neil J, Shope JT, O'Connor KG. Pediatrician Knowledge, Attitudes, and Counseling Patterns On Teen Driving. Injury Prevention. June 2011.
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