Teen Driving Statistics

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General Teen Driving Statistics

  • The crash rate for 16 year olds is much higher even than that for 17 year olds and is almost nine times greater than that of the general population of drivers.
  • Teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.
  • One teen dies in a traffic crash about once every hour on weekends, nearly once every two hours during the week.
  • Within the 16-19 year old range, the youngest drivers have the highest risk.

Ohio Teen Driving Statistics

  • Ohio has more than 7.5 million licensed drivers, 7th among all US states.
  • Seven percent (537,000) are under the age of 21.
  • For ages 15-18 years old, Ohio has suffered more than 1000 young driver fatalities over the past 10 years; 1/3 happening in rural communities.
  • According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety: 2009 Ohio Crash Facts, 118 teens were killed in driving incidents. Of those 118, only 37 teens used their seat belts. 16,761 teens were injured in crashes in 2009.
  • To look at your own county’s crash data for the past three years, click here.

National Teen Driving Statistics

  • Nationally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 16-20 year olds, causing approximately 6000 fatalities annually; this accounts for more than 40% of all deaths in this age population from all causes.
  • During 2004–2008, a total of 9,644 drivers aged 16 or 17 years were involved in 9,494 fatal crashes.
  • Each year approximately 450,000 teens, nationally, are injured and 27,000 of them require hospitalization.
  • Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America.
Source: Ohio Department of Public Safety: 2008-2009 Ohio Crash Facts http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/vipp/child/~/~/media/81A928151EB84E68B3CFEE1E5C09DEE9.ashx
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