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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Highest Holiday Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes Revealed in New Study
For teen drivers, who lack experience behind the wheel, New Year’s Eve is truly "amateur hour" on the roads - even if they haven't been drinking.
The number one killer of American teens is car accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 5,000 teens die on American roads every year.
As part of their Home for the Holidays public awareness and policy campaign, Allstate Insurance Company released a study identifying the deadliest hotspots for teen drivers on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Allstate’s Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots study examined recent federal crash statistics, Allstate claims data on teen collisions, and U.S. Census Bureau statistics to score U.S. metro areas on rates of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the holidays.
What each area has in common is that over the past eight years they have among the highest fatal crash rates for teen drivers over the New Year’s holiday.
According to the Allstate study, among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas (a central city and its surrounding counties), the deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes those two days are:
• Jacksonville, Fla.
• Columbus, Ohio
• Richmond, Va.
• Birmingham, Ala.
• Las Vegas
• Sacramento, Calif.
• St. Louis
The study was conducted by Allstate in conjunction with Sperling’s BestPlaces www.bestplaces.net, a Portland, Ore., research firm dealing in demographic studies and analysis.
Allstate's national Home for the Holidays public awareness and policy campaign aimed to encourage parents and teens to have safe driving talks this holiday season. The Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the perfect way to help make that conversation happen. The contract helps families spell out expectations for smart driving decisions and consequences if those expectations are not met.
It's a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it's free.
Allstate encourages parents and teens to download its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract at www.allstate.com/teen and discuss the importance of safe driving. Parents can help ensure their teens return home safely this holiday season by signing the contract. In early December, actress Vanessa Williams of ABC’s "Ugly Betty" and her teen son, Devin, signed their Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract in New York City. You can watch event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.
Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate, said, "Nothing kills more American teens each year than car crashes. That's why the safe driving talk needs to be something every parent has with his or her teens. Signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract helps with that conversation and shows a commitment to family this holiday season."
Allstate's comprehensive safe teen driving efforts includes calling for a national federal standard for graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws and lobbying Congress to enact the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act.
Allstate also calls on state lawmakers to enact stronger state-level GDL laws that allow beginning drivers to acquire driving experience gradually under low-risk situations. GDL laws are an effective tool for saving lives, involving longer periods of supervised driving, restrictions on late-night driving, limits on teen passengers and cell phone bans for drivers.
Allstate's study can be seen in more detail – including other market and state comparisons – at media.allstate.com; click on press kits located on the left.
Is your teen a safe driver? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has developed a new Teen Injury Prevention course to emphasize driving safety for teenagers. For more information, including a Driver Education Book for Parents, visit www.safedriver.com.