Teen Driving Deaths on the Rise

The National Highway Safety Administration says teen driving deaths increased by ten percent from 2014 to 2015 and the number keeps rising. Norton Children’s Hospital is offering ways to reverse this deadly trend. In Kentucky, teens are responsible for nearly half of all single vehicle collisions. Sharon Rengers with Norton Children’s Prevention and Wellness says there are many factors at play, the biggest being distracted driving, such as using their phone while driving, and not properly using their seat belt. Having multiple passengers and inexperience behind the wheel also add to the risk. Rengers recommends new teen drivers receive 50 hours of experience under a variety of driving conditions before having friends in the care. More information is available by searching “driving” at nortonchildrens.com.

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