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Teen drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in a fatal crash where distraction is reported. In 2009, 16% of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported to have been distracted.

Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfrom Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC VitalSigns - Teen Drinking and Driving

Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011. Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.

This infographic designed for National Teen Driver Safety Week outlines stats about distracted driving among new teen drivers.

Half of all new teen drivers will be in a crash before they are 19. Protect them and teach your teen to be a safe driver.

Did you know? Inexperience is a bigger crash threat to new teen drivers than drinking & driving. ALL new teen drivers are inexperienced. While some new teen drivers do drink alcohol then drive, not as many do as people think. #parenting

Did you know that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days for teen drivers? During these summer months, there’s a 26% increase in fatal teen crashes. Protect your teen by setting and enforcing rules before they hit the open road.

Washington Postfrom Washington Post

Risk of a teen driver’s fatal crash rises with number of kids in car, AAA study finds

Passengers increase chance of teen driver fatalities, AAA study finds

latimes.comfrom latimes.com

ADHD, texting and driving: A deadly mix

Teen drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who were not taking their stimulant medication had more problems staying in their lanes and keeping their speed in check than those without the condition, a study showed. In addition, the rate of driving outside the lanes almost doubled for teen drivers with ADHD when they got distracted by texts, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics.

We always make sure we know what is happening in real life and social media. We know (most of the time) the mood they are in and always know who they communicate with. We see first hand who our kids are friends with, they don't have to hide things from us. Also, we get to see who their friends are and never feel like some of the other parents when they have secret friendships they are not "allowed" to have! And I have always had date nights with the kiddos! Its fun!