Teen Driving Fatalities Continue to Decrease in Alabama

PRESS RELEASE

MONTGOMERY
State agencies continue to work toward increased teen driver safety in
Alabama, where 54 teens died in motor vehicle crashes caused by teen
drivers
in 2011.

 

To boost
awareness of teen driver safety issues, Gov. Robert Bentley has
proclaimed Oct. 14-20 as  National Teen Driver Safety Week in Alabama.

 

Alabama in
2011 saw 42 fewer teen deaths in motor vehicle crashes involving
at-fault teen drivers, down from 96 in 2010. Officials say the decrease
in fatalities can be attributed to Alabama's graduated driver
license law, public awareness, driver education courses, seat belt
usage and tough law enforcement patrols

as well as other safety initiatives.

 

A total of 19,022 teens statewide were involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2011, when teen drivers ages 16-19
were determined to cause the crash, an increase of 1,181 from 2010. However, injuries decreased in 2011 to 2,749 compared to 5,940 in 2010.

 

Additionally from 2010 to 2011, there was a decrease in the total of motor vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries
involving teen drivers in Alabama.

 

Gov.
Bentley along with the Alabama Departments of Transportation, Education,
Economic Development and Community Affairs, Public Health, and Public
Safety continue to urge teens and their parents to focus
on safe driving behavior when driving or riding as a passenger in a
vehicle.

 

Most
teen-related motor vehicle crashes are caused by inexperience and
immaturity, speed, distracted driving (cell phone use, texting, loud
music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving,
and alcohol/drug impaired driving. The lack of seat belt usage is also a
major contributor to injuries and deaths.

 

“We must
lead by example by being good drivers and provide our children with the
resources they need to become safe drivers,” said Transportation
Director John Cooper. “Encourage them to take a Driver's Education
course, limit the number of teenaged passengers in their vehicle and
always remind them to buckle up, obey speed limits and traffic laws, and
never drink or text while driving. It could save their lives.”

 

Congress
established national Teen Driver Safety Week in 2007 in response to the
more than 5,000 teens that died in teen driver-related crashes on U.S.
roads in 2006. 
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

For information on National Teen Driver Safety Week, visit ALDOT's Web site at
www.dot.state.al.us.

(SOURCE: ALDOT)