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May Is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

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Every year, 1.24 million people are killed and more than 50 million are injured in traffic accidents across the world. Fifty-nine percent of those deaths are suffered by young adults between the ages of 15 and 44 years. Here in the United States, collisions are the leading cause of death for people aged 5 to 24. In an effort to honor young traffic safety advocates and to empower them to spearhead education projects, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has joined the National Organizations for Youth Safety in sponsoring Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.

Some Facts About Crashes Involving Young Drivers

In 2012, motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of more than 3,400 people between the ages of 15 and 20.

Failure to wear seatbelts was a factor in 55 percent of the crashes.

Speeding contributed to 48 percent of the collisions.

Twenty-eight percent of the drivers had been drinking.

Nine percent of the drivers were distracted.

During Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and throughout the year, young people are encouraged to support the enforcement of traffic safety laws and affect legislation that aims to protect teen drivers and their passengers.

Do you know any teens that are working toward greater traffic safety for themselves and their peers?

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