A new study published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, shows that teenage drivers are more likely to be killed when driving with passengers in the car.
The authors found that per mile driven, the risk of death for a 16- or 17-year-old driver increased 44 percent when carrying one passenger younger than 21, when compared to driving with no passengers at all. The risk doubled when carrying two passengers younger than 21 and quadrupled when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21. In each case, the statistics referred to cases when no older passengers were present.
This study hopes to show that graduated driving laws might be effective at driving statistics for the death rates of teen drivers down. Read more at: Wheels