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Teen Passengers Up Risk for Fatal Accidents for Novice Drivers

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim 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.
  • 2012 May 09
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A new study by AAA finds teens who drive with friends in the car are at significantly greater risk for fatal accidents.

The study found that the risk of 16- and 17-year-old drivers being killed in a crach increases with each additional passenger under the age of 21.

The study's findings note the fatality risk:

• Increases 44% when carrying one passenger younger than 21.
• Doubles when carrying two passengers younger than 21.
• Quadruples when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21.
• Carrying at least one passenger age 35 or older reduces a teen driver's risk of death by 62%.

Source: USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/05/aaa-study-passengers-up-risk-of-teen-driver-fatalities/1#.T6qP0u3lPZE