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Fewer teens killed in car accidents in Georgia

Fatal car accidents involving 16-and 17-year-old drivers decreased last year in Georgia, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. 2012 saw 23 teens killed in car accidents compared to 37 reported in 2011.

The director of Georgia's highway safety office said that the state's graduated driver licensing programs has helped reduce fatal car accidents among teen drivers. While Georgia's graduated driver licensing laws has helped prevent some car accidents, car accidents are still the number one cause of death for teenagers.

To address the safety concerns for teen drivers, the state created the Governor's Committee on Teen Driving to help raise awareness of the dangers for teen drivers and ways to promote safe driving in Georgia. The committee will make offer recommendations to the governor and safety officials for ways to educate teens about safe driving and the importance of knowing dangers of using your cellphone while driving and other dangerous driving behaviors that teens are more likely to commit.

The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety welcomes the committee's involvement in trying to reduce fatal car accidents among teens in the state. Many believe that it is important to include teen drivers in the conversation about safe driving to understand the potential risks teen drivers are facing and what safety measures can be effective in promoting safe driving.

While the safety committee will be addressing many different dangerous behaviors that teens are likely to commit while driving, safety groups throughout the country have been trying to raise awareness around the dangers of distracted driving. Distracted driving has continued to cause a significant number of car accidents in Georgia and throughout the nation.

Source: The Augusta Chronicle, "Death of Georgia teen drivers drop in 2013," Valerie Rowell, Feb. 26, 2013

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