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9/3/2013 - GHSA: Substantial share of crashes involving teens attributable to speeding

Teen auto-related accidents linked to speeding when behind the wheel.

Even though highway fatalities involving teenagers have diminished in recent years, a substantial percentage of these accidents happened because motorists were driving faster than the posted speed limit, a new study reveals.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the share of auto insurance accidents and traffic deaths resulting from speeding rose from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. That translates to about 19,450 fatal teen crashes in the 11-year period.

Susan Ferguson, senior vice president of research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, noted that speeding is still a major issue on today's roads, particularly among motorists who are inexperienced.

"Curbing teen speeding is vital since no other age group has a higher crash risk," said Ferguson, who authored the report. "Speeding is a common factor in the fatal crashes of teen male and female drivers."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities involving teen drivers tend to rise in the summer months, mainly because more young people are on the road with classes out of session.

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