Teen Passengers Up Risk for Fatal Accidents for Novice Drivers
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.
- 2012 May 09
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%.