Schools around the Miami Valley are back in session, and more people, including teen drivers, will be on the roads during the weekday mornings and afternoons.
With the additional traffic, the chances for accidents have increased among teens.
So this morning, News Center 7 Anchor Adam Marshall spent the entire morning show in Beavercreek speaking to Ohio State Troopers who say they’ve seen a spike in recent teen crashes.
According to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2016 to 2018 teen drivers were involved in more than 132,000 crashes in Ohio alone.
The statistics also show that 250 people were killed and another 37,000 were injured in those crashes.
The teen driver was found at fault nearly 70 percent of the time.
“Without a doubt, the worst part of our job is facing those serious crashes and fatalities when there's a youthful driver,” State Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, the most common mistakes that lead to teen crashes are following too closely, improper lane changes and failing to yield.
“That's where we find a lot of our problems with teen crashes is just with driver inexperience,” Kramer said. “The inability to process what's going on prior to taking evasive actions and stuff like that.”
The key to prevent crashes, Kramer said, was to educate you drivers early. “It starts at education. We do a lot of education in driver's training classes, we go to a lot of high schools and talk during assemblies and stuff like that. So it's really important to establish that ....early in the driver's career,” he said.
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