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Young Teen Driver Deaths Down in Georgia but Up Nationally


Posted on Feb 26, 2013

A recent government report had some good news and some bad news with regard to young teen driver fatalities.  

The good news first: Georgia saw its number of teen driver fatalities drop during the first six months of 2012 compared to the prior year.  The bad news: overall, the rest of the country saw a significant increase (19 percent) in the number of young teen driver deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association report.

The study reviewed fatality numbers among 16- and 17-year-old drivers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Some experts point to the reduction of some state driving programs and the improving economy (which typically means more teens driving) as possible reasons for the increase nationally in young driver deaths.

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