Motor vehicle crashes leading cause of death in Ohio teens

"Traffic" by Daniel R. Blume, some rights reserved

OHIO, (WOWO) – Teen drivers remain one of Ohio’s most at-risk groups, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, ahead of injury, disease and violence.

In Ohio, teen drivers were involved in 135,882 traffic crashes from 2015 to 2017. Crashes where teen drivers were at fault resulted in 285 fatalities and 41,917 injuries.

Of teen-involved crashes, 36% were caused by teen drivers following too closely. 21% of crashes were caused by failure to yield or running a red light/stop sign.

Only 2% of at-fault teen drivers were drug and/or alcohol impaired at the time of the crash. However in fatal crashes, 20% of at-fault teen drivers were impaired.

The National Highway Safety Administration reports teens whose parents impose driving restrictions and set good examples are less likely to be involved in crashes.

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