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General Statistics

  • Speeding was a factor in more than half of fatal crashes with a teen behind the wheel, nearly the same percentage as in 2008.1
  • In 2008, 88 percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on roads that were not interstate highways.2
  • Among crashes attributed to a critical teen driver error, 21 percent of serious teen driver crashes were due to driving too fast for road conditions.3
  • Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and to allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next.4


  1. Fatality Analysis Reporting System, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Dept. of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2008: Speeding. Washington (DC).
  3. Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of Teen Driver Errors Leading to Serious Motor Vehicle Crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention. April 2011.
  4. Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2011.
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