Report Says Teen Driver-Involved Fatalities On The Rise

ghsa_teendata2016_ig1Northwest Iowa — While the rate of teen driver-related crashes has declined significantly over the last decade, there is still significant work to be done, according to a report released Tuesday from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says that, so far this year, teen driver-related fatalities are on the rise.

Kurtz says that, according to the report, Distracted Driving is high on the list of factors for crashes involving teen drivers.

According to Kurtz, the report cites education and high-visibility enforcement as keys to turning the numbers around.

Trooper Kurtz was quick to point out that distracted driving is not the only issue involved in teen driver-related crashes, especially here in northwest Iowa.

Kurtz says most people take having a safe trip for granted…..until something happens that doesn’t allow them to make it to their destination safely.  He reminds drivers of all ages that whenever you get behind the wheel, driving is where your attention should be focused.

You can view the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association by clicking here.  (large file, please allow time to load)

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