The number of teens killed in car accidents increased sharply in the first half of 2012, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. This ended a decade-long trend of steady declines.
According to the report:
Although significant efforts have been made to protect younger drivers, one official said that "teens remain [the] most vulnerable population." The same official suspects that the rising number of deaths could be the result of distracted driving involving a driver preoccupied by some form of technology.
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety insist that this rising number should encourage lawmakers to make passing stronger teen driving laws a priority.
A report by the National Safety Council states that in addition to the increase in teen driving deaths, all traffic fatalities rose by 5 percent, the first increase since 2005.