Number of Fatalities Caused by Teen Drivers Decreases -- By A Lot!

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You know how reckless it is to text and drive and how important it is to always buckle up. In a past JSYK article about teen driving, reader Leanne responded, "Car accidents can be scary, even though I've never seen one up close in real life, they're still scary."

Car accidents are the leading killer of teens, but thankfully the number of fatalities resulting from teens being behind the wheel is going down.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths caused by accidents involving teen drivers decreased from about 2,200 in 2004 to 1,400 in 2008.

Experts are crediting tougher driving laws with saving teens' lives -- not teens driving more cautiously -- as well as safer cars and highways.

Wyoming is the least safest state for teen drivers, with approximately 60 deaths involving 16 and 17-year-old drivers per 100,000 peers. On the other hand, New York and New Jersey rated the lowest in teen driving deaths with about 10 fatalities per 100,000.

Have you ever been involved in a car accident? Or do you know another teen who was? Tell us about the experience. Also, what are driving laws like in your state? Do you have to be home by 9PM or 11PM? Can you drive with friends in the car?

Go here for tips on how to become a safer driver.



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