Vehicular accidents involving teenagers have more or less been declining in New York and in the whole of United States in recent months; however, teenagers are still the majority of the age group involved in such crashes with 8% to 10% of teenage drivers in New York figuring in vehicular accidents as compared with 4% of the other drivers not included in the same age group. Also, distracted driving is the main reason why teens get into such accidents.
A state fact sheet from the Institute of Traffic Safety Management and Research showed that motor vehicular accidents that involved drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 have declined by 8% in 2014 from 2012’s records, while the number of vehicular fatalities involving the same age group lessened by 25% during the same period.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for its part, said that nationwide traffic fatalities involving teenaged drivers have been reduced in half over the most recent 10-year recording figure, with 4,333 in 2013 from 8,782 in 2004.
Also, even though New York is the fourth most populous state in America, it had only eight vehicular fatalities that involved drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 in 2013.
St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp said stricter laws such as changing the former requirement of passing 20 hours of supervised driving before being able to get a license to 50 hours, among others, have contributed to lessening the number of vehicular accidents that involved teens.
According to New York State Police Troop B spokesman Kyle Otis, today’s teenagers sometimes get preoccupied while driving with gadgets that are most prevalent to today’s generation, such as smartphones and iPods. He has urged teenagers to curb their supposed need to tinker with their gadgets, or even answer text messages until after they have parked their vehicles.
The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller, & Overbeck, P.A. say that Florida has 275 traffic fatalities involving teenagers recorded in 2013.