Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Teen fatal crashes rise

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:04 PM

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Colorado reports a 34 percent increase in teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes in 2017 and 2018. That’s a big rise after the number of such crashes had dropped by nearly 50 percent in the last 20 years.

In 2015-16, the state averaged 64 young drivers involved in fatal crashes per year, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports.

In 2017-18, the number was 86 per year.

Noting that teen drivers’ inexperience makes them among the most dangerous drivers on the road, CDOT launched a safety campaign to encourage them to drive more safely and increase awareness of Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law. This year is the 20th anniversary of the law’s passage.

GDL laws help teens gain driving skills while imposing restrictions on the number of passengers permitted in their vehicles, banning cell phone use, and requiring seatbelt use, among other rules.

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