Tennessee Teen Car Wreck Fatalities 12th in the Nation

Driving that first car is an exciting time for a teenager. A car means freedom, a rite of passage, a symbol of growing older.

Unfortunately, it is also a symbol of danger and risk. Tennessee ranks twelfth in the country for drivers aged 16 and 17 who die in car accidents. For all crashes involving passenger vehicles in that age group, 15 percent of them die from their injuries. These accidents can be prevented; Proverbs 22:6 tells us that the lessons a child learns early on will stay with him his entire life.

Here are a few ways to keep our teens from perishing in automobile accidents:

  • Seatbelts. According to the CDC, wearing a seatbelt reduces the fatality risk by about 50 percent. Teens are less likely to wear seatbelts when out driving with their friends since there is no adult present to enforce the rule.
  • Distractions. Teens have all sorts of distractions on the road these days, most of them on smartphones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to die in a fatal crash involving distractions.
  • Speeding. Most teens (55 percent in one Allstate survey) admit to speeding at least ten miles over the limit. Nearly 33 percent of fatal car accidents involved speeding (NHTSA). Driving at or below the speed limit could reduce teen deaths.
  • Alcohol. Alcohol was a factor in one out of every three fatal car wrecks involving teens. (NHTSA). Our teens need to understand that, if they choose to drink, driving is not an option.

Teens can save their lives and prevent serious injury by improving their driving habits in these four categories. The statistics are troubling, but you can help teens live long, blessed lives by impressing the importance of basic driving safety tips.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” – Psalms 127:3-5

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