Teen Driver Deaths Decline in Georgia, Increase Nationally

March 1, 2013

Teen driver death numbers are up nationally, but in Georgia that is not case, as teen driver deaths decreased by a good amount.

A new report is out and it shows that deaths of younger teen drivers increased sharply in the first six months of 2012, reversing a decade-long trend.

However, in Georgia, fewer teens died during that same time period.

There were five deaths among sixteen and seventeen year olds in that same stretch, down from six in the first half of 2011.

Director of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Harris Blackwood says that Georgia is putting better educated drivers on the road

“We’re seeing fewer sixteen year olds getting their driver license and more seventeen year olds, which tells us that we are perhaps putting a better educated driver on the roads of the state”, said Blackwood.

Blackwood says that despite the good news, dangerous days are still ahead for Georgia’s young drivers.

“We’re reaching the time of year where we traditionally see the most injuries and fatalities among teen drivers because we are getting toward prom season and that summer excitement such as spring break and other things”, said Blackwood.

Not all the news was positive in the report released earlier this week by the Governors Highway Safety Association, as it showed that Georgia teens aren’t using their seatbelts as often.

Blackwood says they have some work to do in that department.

“This is a generation that has grown up in car seats and booster seats”, said Blackwood. “Now for some reason when they reach these teen years they are putting the seatbelts away, so we got some work to do in that regard.”

Nationally, there were one hundred and seven drivers aged sixteen who died between January and June of last year, compared to eighty-six drivers during the first half of 2011.