Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and serious injury for people ages 16-20. Young drivers are also greatly over-represented in crashes. Drivers ages 16-20 are over-represented in crashes; 7% of the drivers involved in crashes in 2019 were ages 16-20, compared to being 4% of all licensed drivers. Some of the leading causes of these crashes are excessive speed, distractions, and driver inexperience.
Young drivers lack experience. However, when parents or adult mentors (such as teachers and coaches) help them develop safe driving skills early on, teens are less likely to crash, speed, use a cellphone while driving, and more likely to buckle up.
Highway Safety Program Representative
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228