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Banning teen drivers from riding with friends could cut their risk of death almost in half.Drivers aged 16 and 17 who rode alone instead of with one other passenger their age had a 44 per cent less chance of dying in a car accident, according to a study released by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety today.
Researchers also found that:
Compared to driving with no passengers, a 16- or 17-year-old driver’s fatality risk:
- Doubles when carrying two passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers)
- Quadruples when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers)
Having a parent or other adult over the age of 35 in the car cut the risk of death by 62 per cent, according to the study, which looked at crashes and number of miles driven in the age group.
While many states have laws banning teen drivers from carrying more than one passenger, even one friend can be dangerous, the group’s CEO Peter Kissinger said in a news release.
“These findings should send a clear message to families that parents can make their teens safer immediately by refusing to allow them to get in the car with other young people, whether they’re behind the wheel or in the passenger seat,” Kissinger said.
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