Statistics

  • In 2011, a total of 3,023 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes . (IIHS)

    That's almost eight teenage lives taken per day. (IIHS)
  • 59% percent of teenage passenger deaths in 2011 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. (IIHS)

    Among fatally injured 16-19 year-old occupants, belt use among passengers was 29%. (IIHS)
  • 32% of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2011 occurred between 3 pm and midnight. (IIHS)

    With 53% of motor vehicle crash deaths occurring on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. (IIHS)
  • 75% of U.S. drivers ages 18 to 29 reported that they talked on their cell phone while driving at least once in the past 30 days, and nearly 40% reported that they talk on their cell phone "regularly" or "fairly often" while driving. (CDC)

    Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)
  • In 2011, 59 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers. (IIHS)

    2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 were males. (IIHS)
  • Teenage females are almost twice as likely as teenage males to use an electronic device while driving, 50% more likely to reach for an object in the car and 25% more likely to eat/drink in the car. (AAA)

    Teenage boys were twice as likely to turn around in their seats while driving, and were also more likely to talk with people outside the vehicle. (AAA)

Laws


As of June 1, 2013,
  • Texting and use any portable electronic device while the vehicle is in motion is illegal for all drivers.
  • For cell phone offenses, such as talking on the phone or texting while driving, five violation points are added on your license.
  • For cell phone offenses, probationary and junior license holders would have their permit or license suspended for 60 days upon a first conviction
  • For a subsequent conviction within six months of license restoration, probationary drivers would have their license revoked for six months and junior license holders would have their permit or license revoked for an additional 60 days.
  • Reduction from two to one the number of non-family passengers under age 21 riding in a motor vehicle operated by a junior license holder when not accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.
  • Increase in the number of supervised driving hours before scheduling a road test from 20 to 50 hours, including 15 hours of driving after sunset.