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In 2016, approximately 8,300 injuries and fatalities occurred in Ohio teen driver crashes — a 15 percent increase from 2014.
AAA encourages parents to play a vital role in keeping the roads safe this summer by having conversations with their teens early and often about speeding, distraction, and buckling up.
Common distractions for teens include talking to other passengers and interacting with a smart phone. Distractions play a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes.
In addition, in 2015, 60 percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a safety belt.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, established in 1947 by AAA, strives to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries, according to AAA press release.
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To combat crashes, the AAA is sponsoring an Ohio Graduated Driver Licensing coalition.
The coalition modernizes Ohio's young driver licensing system by lengthening the Temporary Instruction Permit phase to 12 months and ensuring newly licensed teens are driving only with adult protection after 9 p.m.
A young driver licensing system is proven to reduce teen driver crashes, and save the lives of teens and other road users, according to the foundation.