Teen Drivers Not Wearing Seat Belts
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2014 Jul 17
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association revealed in a new study that majority of teen drivers killed on the road weren’t wearing their seat belts in 2012.
In 2012, the GHSA’s study found that over 51 percent of teen drivers killed during that year were found to be free of the belt during an incident and the percentage has climbed by six percent over the last three years. Additionally, they found that teen passengers are 20 percent less likely to wear seat belts–an alarming statistic when you consider that automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teens.
"Crashes are already the leading cause of death for teens, and it is particularly disturbing to see the percentage of unbelted teen drivers and passengers in fatalities continue to rise," said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins, who oversaw the development of this latest report. "It is imperative that we find out what works to make teens understand that using a seat belt may save their life and find ways to convince them to buckle up every time they get in the car."