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Teen driving deaths in North Carolina drop

For many people in the state of North Carolina operating a motor vehicle is the most risky activity they undertake each day. Because cars are so vital to the lives of most many likely do not think about it in that context. The reality however is that serious, even fatal, car accidents are a possibility each and every time someone gets into a car.

There is good news in the state of North Carolina where teen drivers are concerned. According to recent statistics released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of 16 and 17-year-old drivers who lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina, in the first six months of 2012 was down. This trend is decidedly against what is happening nationally where the number increased by 19 percent.

More specifically, the number was nearly cut in half. In the first half of 2011, 17 teens within the age range were killed in car crashes. During the same period of time this past year, that number dropped to nine. This is clearly a marked improvement.

There are likely multiple reasons for the dramatic decrease in teens involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. One of those reasons is probably the requirement that went into effect in 2012 that teen drivers complete a total of 60 hours of driving with their parents. Only after completing that number of hours of supervised driving can a teen seek to get his or her driver's license. The change was implemented specifically to try to reduce the number of teen deaths due to car accidents.

The recently released statistics would seem to indicate that the supervised driving requirement is achieving its goal.

Source: WSPA-TV, "Teen Driving Fatalities Up Nationally, Down In NC," Emily Pace, Feb. 27, 2013

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