PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking parents to step up and pay attention on the road.READ MORE: Temple University Students Gather To Honor Students Killed, Call For Safety Changes
They want parents to remind teens about the dangers of distracted driving and speeding.
They say the number of teens dying in car crashes is on the rise, and it is up to parents to set a good example by using seat belts and putting phones away on the road.READ MORE: After Firing Coach, Flyers Drop 9th Straight, 7-5 to Avalanche
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For many teenagers, obtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage, conferring the ability to independently travel to school, work, or social events. However, immaturity, inexperience, and risky behavior put newly licensed teen drivers at risk. Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of mortality and injury for adolescents and young adults in developed countries. Teen drivers (15-19 years of age) have the highest rate of motor vehicle crashes among all age groups in the United States and contribute disproportionately to traffic fatalities. In addition to the deaths of teen drivers, more than half of 8- to 17-year-old children who die in car crashes are killed as passengers of drivers younger than 20 years of age. This policy statement, in which we update the previous 2006 iteration of this policy statement, is used to reflect new research on the risks faced by teen drivers and offer advice for pediatricians counseling teen drivers and their families.